Dave Bautista Confirms His Next Project is My Spy 2 And Gives Us An Interview

Dave Bautista has been pushing hard to get a sequel to his Amazon Original spy comedy.

While promoting his latest film, M. Night Shyamalan‘s Knock at the Cabin, Dave Bautista gave an exciting update for fans of his turn in the 2020 family comedy My Spy. He recently sat down with MarkMeets Editor-in-Chief Steve Weintraub where the two discussed what Bautista had next on the docket for his burgeoning acting career. Although he didn’t go into his full plans for the year, he did reveal that the first thing on his mind to follow up his frightening turn in Shyamalan’s latest was a My Spy sequel.

“Well I’m definitely gonna do the sequel to My Spy,” Bautista said. “I know that for sure because we start later next month. So I’m off to South Africa to do that, which I’ve been pushing for a very long time because I love the first film. It was so much fun. So we’re gonna do a sequel to that.” A follow-up to the film was being explored back in 2020 by Amazon and STX with Bautista set to return alongside his co-star Chloe Coleman, director Paul Segal, and writers Eric and John Hoeber. Bautista’s comments are additional confirmation that we’ll see the continuation of JJ, Sophie, and Kate’s story sooner rather than later.

The original My Spy followed JJ, a CIA operative surveilling the in-laws of a dangerous illegal arms dealer who may be in possession of plans for a miniature nuclear weapon. During the mission, however, he winds up the pawn of the family’s 9-year-old daughter who blackmails him into teaching her tricks of the spy trade and spending time with her. The film ended on a lighthearted note with JJ now moving in with Sophie and her mother Kate in Chicago after being re-instated with the CIA.

More Background on the Original My Spy and My Spy 2

My Spy wasn’t exactly a critical darling with a 38% audience score and 48% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes, but it was a fun and innocent enough family comedy with Bautista as a big draw. Since then, the actor has only grown in stature and in acting prowess, pulling off excellent performances in Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, Army of the Dead, and Dune among other things. My Spy 2 looks to take him and Coleman to greater heights within the world of espionage, though it’s unknown what their mission will be yet. The original film also starred Kristen Schaal, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Ken Jeong, Devere Rogers, Greg Bryk, Ali Hassan, and Noah Danby.

With production beginning in late February, My Spy 2 could potentially see a release in early 2024. Stay tuned for more on the sequel here at MarkMeets and keep an eye out for our full interview with Bautista below:

Dave Bautista has ‘high hopes’ he’ll land a rom-com lead

Dave Bautista would love to star in a rom-com but thinks he might be too “unattractive”.

Despite not feeling like he’s a “typical rom-com lead”, the wrestler-turned-actor still has “high hopes” that one day he’ll be cast in the part.

He told us: “I know I’m not your typical rom-com lead.

“I’m a little rough around the edges. But I always, you know, I look in the mirror and I say, I ask myself, ‘Am I that unattractive? Is there something that unappealing about me that excludes me from these parts?’

“I don’t know. It’s just never come my way. I’ve never had an offer to do a rom-com. I still have high hopes. I’ll just keep searching.”

A role he has been ruled out of is playing Bane in the DC universe.

The 54-year-old star has previously admitted his desire to take on the role, and fans thought the opportunity could well arise after Bautista’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ director James Gunn took charge of DC Studios – alongside Peter Safran – but the star insists Bane should be portrayed by a “younger and fresher” actor.

He said: “I have had conversations with James about that but I think the direction he’s leaning in, completely rebooting that whole universe, he’s starting from scratch and starting younger and fresher and I think you need to do that.”

Bautista insists he “understands” the need for a younger face to portray the character, and doesn’t believe he would “bring justice” to the role at this point in his career.

He added to Insider: “I think for the DC Universe to be revived, you need to start from scratch, and I think you need to start with younger actors.

“You need to start to plan for the next 15 years, and I just don’t think you can do that with me. And I understand that. And, also, I have to say that I appreciate that because I don’t want to play a character that I can’t bring justice to it.

“I don’t think at this point in my career that I can bring justice to Bane anymore. I just don’t know if I could handle the physical part, and I don’t think I would have the longevity to plan ahead for films. So, I just don’t know if I’d be that guy.”

Earlier this month, Bautista admitted it was a “relief” when he said goodbye to his ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ character Drax the Destroyer.

He is best known in the acting world for playing Drax in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since the 2014 movie, but he insists it “wasn’t all pleasant” portraying the comic book character.

He said: “I’m so grateful for Drax. I love him. But there’s a relief [that it’s over]. It wasn’t all pleasant. It was hard playing that role. The makeup process was beating me down.”

Bautista – who has since gone on to appear in the likes of James Bond film ‘Spectre’ and sci-fi movie ‘Dune’ – insisted it was a “silly performance” and he is keen to do “more dramatic stuff”.

He said: “And I just don’t know if I want Drax to be my legacy – it’s a silly performance, and I want to do more dramatic stuff.”

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