David Leitch

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Leitch in 2018

David Leitch is an American filmmaker, stunt coordinator, second unit director, stuntman, actor and producer. He made his directorial debut on the 2014 action film John Wick with Chad Stahelski, though only Stahelski was credited.[1] Leitch then directed the 2017 thriller film Atomic Blonde, starring Charlize Theron, and 2018's Deadpool 2, the sequel to the 2016 film. He is currently directing Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, a spin-off from The Fast and the Furious franchise.

Career[edit]

Leitch was a stunt double for Brad Pitt five times and two times for Jean-Claude Van Damme.[citation needed] Leitch and his crew won two awards for The Bourne Ultimatum at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.[2] He also shared a 2008 Taurus World Stunt Award with fellow stunt-person Kai Martin for high work.[3]

He wrote and starred in Confessions of an Action Star, a parody of action films and the action film industry released in 2009.[4][5]

Leitch and Chad Stahelski opened an action design production company called 87Eleven in 1997. They both made their directoral debut with the 2014 film John Wick[6], although Leitch himself wasn't credited as co-director.

He eventually moved on to direct films such as Atomic Blonde and Deadpool 2 with his wife and creative partner, Kelly McCormick.

He is the director of the upcoming The Fast and the Furious spin-off, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film
Director Producer Writer Notes
2005 Confessions of an Action Star No No Yes
2007 Fetch No Executive No Short film
2014 John Wick Uncredited Yes No Directorial debut
Co-directed with Chad Stahelski
2017 John Wick: Chapter 2 No Executive No
2017 No Good Deed Yes No No Short film
2017 Atomic Blonde Yes No No
2018 Deadpool 2 Yes No No
2019 John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum No Executive No
2019 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw[7] Yes No No Post-production
TBA The Division Yes Yes No Pre-production

Second-unit director[edit]

Acting credits[edit]

Year Title
Role Note
2001 The Order Detective Mike Moran
2002 Nine Lives Paul
2003 In Hell Paul
2005 V for Vendetta Convenience Store V
Confessions of an Action Star Frank Sledge
The Dukes of Hazzard Puncher
2007 Fetch John "Fetch" Fetcher Short film
2009 Ninja Assassin Europol Door Guard
2010 The King of Fighters Terry Bogard
2011 The Mechanic Sebastian
2012 The Bourne Legacy The Driver
2018 Deadpool 2 Cain Marko / Juggernaut
and Ground Church Mutant
For Juggernaut, Leitch provided motion-capture performance on-set,
while Ryan Reynolds provided facial motion-capture and voice performances

Stuntwork credits[edit]

Television[edit]

Stunts[edit]

Year Title Notes
1995 Sherman Oaks Season 1
1996 7th Heaven
1997-2001 Buffy the Vampire Slayer 18 episodes
1998 CHiPs '99 TV movie
1999 The Practice Episode: "Day in Court"
1999 The Strip
2000 The President's Man TV movie
2001 The Pretender 2001 TV movie
2001 Scrubs
2006 2006 MTV Movie Awards TV Special;
Stunt double
2006 General Hospital Episode 10967

Actor[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Martial Law David Hasbro Episodes: "Diamond Fever", "Dead Ringers", "Funny Money" and "Trackdown"
2000 Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue Brian Episode: "Up to the Challenge"
2001 Walker Texas Ranger Floyd Jessop Episode: Episode "Medieval Crimes"
2003 L.A. County 187 Earnest Cop TV movie
2004 Charmed Innocent Episode: "There's Something About Leo"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Credited as Notes
1999 007: Tomorrow Never Dies Stunts Sony PlayStation release
Developed by Black Ops Entertainment
Co-published by Electronic Arts and MGM Interactive
2000 HBO Boxing Stunt coordinator Sony PlayStation release
Developed by Acclaim Sports and Osiris Studios
Published by Acclaim Entertainment

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John Wick' Filmmakers on How to Direct Action, DGA, Keanu Reeves' Advice, and More". The Film Stage. October 21, 2014. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  2. ^ "Final 14th Annual SAG Awards Recipient Press Release". Screen Actors Guild. 2008-01-27. Archived from the original on May 9, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-27.
  3. ^ "Taurus World Stunt Award Winners and Nominees 2008". Taurus World Stunt Award. 2008.
  4. ^ "Interview with David Leitch (Matrix, 300, Wolverine, Bourne Ultimatum, Confessions of an Action Star) Pt. 1". Action Flick Chick. May 15, 2009.
  5. ^ "Interview with David Leitch (Part 2)". Action Flick Chick. June 16, 2009.
  6. ^ "Keanu Reeves, 'John Wick' Directors on How Their 'Matrix' Past Helped With Assassin Film". The Hollywood Reporter. 24 October 2014. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  7. ^ https://www.gamesradar.com/exclusive-first-look-at-fast-and-furious-spin-off-starring-dwayne-johnson-and-jason-statham-plus-the-official-title-is-revealed/

https://ew.com/movies/2019/01/14/dwayne-johnson-jason-statham-idris-elba-hobbs-shaw-photo/

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