Amazon Studios announced today that Awkwafina, Simu Liu and John Cena will star in leading roles for an action-comedy titled Grand Death Lotto.
“Grand Death Lotto” takes place in the near future where a Grand Lottery is established in an economically challenged California. However, in this lottery, anyone who kills the winner before sundown is able to claim the multi-billion dollar prize.
A newcomer to LA, Katie (Awkwafina) finds herself with the winning ticket and joins jackpot protector Noel (John Cena) to make it to sundown and claim her prize. A rival protector Louis Lewis (Simu Liu) challenges Noel and seeks to claim the protection commission himself.
Liu and Awkwafina previously worked together on the Marvel superhero film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
The film is directed by Paul Feig, who most recently worked on the movie The School for Good and Evil, and hails from Roth Kirschenbaum Films which notably produced films for the Fast and the Furious franchise.
“I love action comedy and extreme physical comedy and this movie has both in abundance, as well as a boatload of heart and hilarity,” Feig said. “This lotto will make winners of us all.”
Production is set to begin next week. The Amazon Original Movie will be available for streaming on Prime Video.
“Grand Death Lotto is the kind of original idea audiences have been craving, and there’s no one better than the endlessly talented Paul Feig to steer the ship,” head of Amazon and MGM Studios Jennifer Salke said. “We can’t wait to watch John Cena, Awkwafina, and Simu Liu bring this fun, action-packed script to life for our Prime Video customers around the world.”
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