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Dave Bautista Set to Star In New Action-Thriller Cooler, Drake To Produce

September 29, 2022 | Posted by Joseph Lee
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Deadline reports that Dave Bautista is set to star in the action-thriller movie Cooler for FilmNation Entertainment’s new label Infrared. Bautista’s Dogbone Entertainment recently singed a first-look deal with Infrared. The film will be directed by Drew Pearce (Hotel Artemis) from his own script. Production starts in summer 2023.

Bautista will play Ray Sagona, a South Beach bouncer who is working to get his family back. A safe filled with drugs is stolen from the cub he works at and he is blackmailed into finding it before the Miami PD narcotics bureau picks it up Sunday night. This gives him 36 hours to search for the safe on Miami Beach with a variety of obstacles in the way.

Pearce will also produce through Point of No Return, along with Bautista’s Dogbone Entertainment, Jonathan Meisner, Drake and Future the Prince via their DreamCrew label, and Drew Simon and Sam Speiser for Infrared. Ian Fisher and Toby Harvard will executive produce for Point of No Return.

Infrared President of Production Drew Simon said: “Drew Pearce is one of the most exciting storytellers in the action genre and we’re incredibly proud to partner with him to bring his dynamic and thrilling vision to the screen. With Dave at the center of the story, and the creative minds at DreamCrew on our team, we couldn’t have wished for a better project to launch our Dogbone Entertainment deal. This is the type of bold, entertaining project that Infrared is all about and we can’t wait to continue working with this incredible group of people.

Pearce added: “Dave is one of the most soulful and talented collaborators I’ve been lucky enough to work with — the chance to build an iconic character with him and make the kind of long-dark-night-of-the-soul thriller that I’ve always loved, is too good to be true. The fact that we get to do it all in Miami, guided by the epic cultural knowledge of Drake and Future The Prince, is frankly a mindblower. And there’s nobody more perfect to be our partner than Infrared, whose creative ambitions aligned perfectly with what we want this movie to be.

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