Gerard Butler has signed on to return as embattled Secret Service Agent Mike Banning in the new Millennium Films sequel Angel Has Fallen, a follow-up to 2013's Olympus Has Fallen and this year's London Has Fallen. The actor will team up with Millennium Films yet again on this action sequel, which doesn't have a director locked in quite yet. Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt, who wrote the first two movies and created the franchise, are returning to write the script.
The original action-thriller followed Gerard Butler's Mike Banning as he saved President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) from a terrorist attack at the White House. This year's sequel London Has Fallen took the action across the pond, as a terrorist organization tried to take out several world leaders at once, during the funeral for the late British Prime Minister. Deadline reports that this new tale features Mike Banning himself as the target, as unknown terrorists try to destroy half of Washington D.C. and the President of the United States at the same time. The title refers to the Secret Service code name for Air Force One, Angel.
Gerard Butler will produce alongside Alan Siegel, Mark Gill, John Thompson and Matt O'Toole. Avi Lerner, Trevor Short and Christine Otal will serve as executive producers. The producers will launch this title to distributors at the American Film Market in Santa Monica, California, starting next week.
Antoine Fuqua directed the original Olympus Has Fallen, which co-starred Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, Radha Mitchell and Cole Hauser. The movie took in $98.9 million domestically and $161 million worldwide, from a $70 million budget. This year's London Has Fallen fared worse domestically ($62.5 million) but it took in $133.2 million internationally for a worldwide tally of $195.7 million, from a $60 million budget. Millennium is hoping to start production some time in the first half of 2017 on Angel Has Fallen.
Except for Gerard Butler, no other cast members from the first two movies have been confirmed at this time, but we may learn more as this project gets shopped around at the American Film Market. Aside from his role in London Has Fallen, Gerard Butler also recently starred in Gods of Egypt and The Headhunter's Calling. He will next be seen in Geostorm and Hunter Killer, and he also reprises his voice role as Stoick the Vast in 2018's animated sequel How to Train Your Dragon 3.