'Eastern Promises' Sequel Moving Forward with Viggo Mortensen, Vincent Cassel; David Cronenberg Not Directing

Ever since David Cronenberg's 2007 gangster thriller Eastern Promises hit theaters, there has been a steady stream of buzz regarding a potential sequel. Up until now, there hasn't been much movement with the exception of star Viggo Mortensen expressing interest in revisiting his Nikolai Luzhin character.

With Cronenberg's Cosmopolis starring Robert Pattinson due in theaters soon, the press is getting a chance to visit the old topic of a sequel and with promising results. Both Cronenberg and Mortensen have said that there's a script that they like and production is moving forward.

Additionally, Vulture reports that Vincent Cassel is now in negotiations to reprise his role as Kirill, the mobster's son who inherits the family business and runs it with Nikolai.

There is one caveat to the sequel – Cronenberg won't be directing it. With recently revealed plans of re-teaming with Pattinson for The Map of the Stars, Cronenberg has bowed out of helming the film, relegating Steven Wright, who wrote the script for the original film and sequel taking his place.

Knight's only other feature film credit is a recently wrapped Jason Statham film, Hummingbird, though he does have a few year experience directing the BBC series The Detectives.

Eastern Promises 2 is set to begin filming early next year with a release date of late 2013/early 2014.

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