Director Shankar had sought the dates of Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger to essay the main-antagonist character in his upcoming film 2.0. Eventually, Bollywood star Akshay Kumar came on-board to play the onscreen nemesis of Chitti, which is played by superstar Rajinikanth.
Shankar said the audience around the world can connect with the story and message in 2.0, hence he approached the Hollywood superstar to increase the film’s global appeal.
”2.0 will be like a Hollywood film. Don’t assume that it is some sort of a Hollywood rip off. I mean, the format is like a Hollywood film. The message that the film talks about is a global one. Anyone belonging to any part of the world can connect with this script. That is why we tried to get Arnold Schwarzenegger on board,” he said at the press conference on Thursday, which was held in Dubai ahead of music launch.
“We approached him and we had extensive negotiations with his team but things did not fall in place while signing the contract. Then, we approached Akshay sir and he was really excited about it,” he added.
Akshay will be making his debut down south with 2.0, which is being made on a whopping budget of Rs 400 crore. He plays a role called Dr Richard, an evil scientist and his dubious look for the film has already created a lot of curiosity among the audience.
Shankar also revealed that 2.0 is not the extended version of Enthiran, which came out in 2010. He said the film has “a new format, a unique premise and a new message.” He described the film as a “socio-fantasy, sci-fi actioner” that has been made on international standards.
He also said the filmmakers decided to shoot the film in 3D because the script demanded it and it is not just an attempt to draw the audience to the theatres. He opined that after experiencing 2.0, Indian audience will like to watch more 3D films.
The film also stars Amy Jackson in the lead role, and it has music from AR Rahman.