Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui is scheduled to play the lead role in “Laxman Lopez”, an American independent production.
Laxman Lopez will be a Christmas-themed movie to be directed by Mexican filmmaker Roberto Girault who is known for local hits “La Leyenda Del Diamante” (2017), “Los Arboles Mueren de Pie” (2015) and “El Estudiante” (2009).
Siddiqui said the script of “Laxman Lopez” made him curious when it was first narrated to him. Currently, Siddiqui is attending the 75th Cannes Film Festival as part of the Indian government delegation to the festival.
“The narration had me excited for multiple reasons. For starters, the opportunity to work in a Christmas movie is something very different and immediately had my attention. The director, Roberto Girault, has shown his power and command over the camera and the way he can unveil new sides to an actor. It is a welcome challenge that I often yearn for. And most importantly, the name, ‘Laxman Lopez,’ had me instantly curious,” the actor said in a statement.
According to Girault, when he first read the script, his mind “navigated” to Siddiqui, best known for “Gangs of Wasseypur” films and “Sacred Games”, a Netflix series.
“When first read the script, I started my search to find the perfect Laxman Lopez and my mind immediately navigated to Nawazuddin. I have seen a few of his works and know that this role will bring out a lesser-known vulnerable side to him. It is a project that is sure to leave people with a smile on their face, and a lot of hunger in their tummy,” the filmmaker said.
“I am very excited about this collaboration. This script is close to my heart and the transition of the story and the challenges that the lead character faces are sure to have everyone intrigued,” he added.
The project is led by New York-based shingle Imagine Infinite Prods and is produced by Lalit Bhatnagar, writer and co-producer of the horror project “Little Darling”.
The filming of “Laxman Lopez” is slated to begin at the end of this year in the US.