Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard

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Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard
Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021 film) theatrical release poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPatrick Hughes
Screenplay by
  • Tom O'Connor
  • Brandon Murphy
  • Phillip Murphy
Story byTom O'Connor
Based onCharacters
by Tom O'Connor
Produced by
  • Matt O'Toole
  • Les Weldon
  • Yariv Lerner
CinematographyTerry Stacey
Edited by
  • Michael J. Duthie
  • Jack Hutchings
Music byAtli Örvarsson
Distributed byLionsgate
Release date
  • June 16, 2021 (2021-06-16) (United States)
Running time
  • 100 minutes (U.S.)
  • 116 minutes (Australasia)
CountryUnited States
Budget$70 million[1][2]
Box office$70.1 million[3][4]

Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard is a 2021 American action comedy film directed by Patrick Hughes and written by Tom O'Connor and Brandon and Phillip Murphy. The film is a sequel to the 2017 film The Hitman's Bodyguard and features Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek, and Richard E. Grant reprising their roles, with Frank Grillo, Tom Hopper, Antonio Banderas, and Morgan Freeman joining the cast. In the film, suspended bodyguard Michael Bryce (Reynolds) must once again team up with hitman Darius Kincaid (Jackson) and his wife (Hayek) to stop a madman (Banderas) from launching a terror attack on Europe.

Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard was theatrically released in the United States on June 16, 2021, by Lionsgate. The film received generally negative reviews from critics and grossed $70.1 million on a $70 million budget.


Michael Bryce prepares to retire from being a bodyguard and tries to clear his mind on vacation until Sonia Kincaid tracks him down and asks for his services. She needs his help in recovering her hitman husband Darius, after mobsters kidnap him. After saving him, they are caught by Interpol agent Bobby O'Neill, who needs their help in locating a terrorist mastermind named Aristotle Papadopoulos, who wants to destroy the European power grid and infrastructure since the European Union is planning to impose more sanctions on Greece.

The trio gets into more trouble, with Bryce taking much of the physical brunt of their encounters. After getting help from his bodyguard stepfather, Bryce Senior, the trio is captured by Aristotle's henchmen. He has a history with Sonia; he was conned by her even though he genuinely fell in love with her. After turning her against Darius Kincaid, he and Bryce are forced to flee. Senior is revealed to be working with Aristotle and betrays Bryce. Bryce and Kincaid compose themselves and work together to rescue Sonia and thwart Aristotle.

After killing Aristotle's henchmen, they disrupt his plan to use a power drill to break into the European power grid and fight Aristotle and Senior. Bryce fatally wounds Senior after telling Senior about his eternal loyalty and friendship with Kincaid, while Kincaid and Sonia kill Aristotle. Bryce manages to hit the manual override to destroy the ship and stop the drill, and the three manage to survive the explosion. O'Neill says they have to stay on the boat for 48 hours together before being cleared and free, then hands Bryce papers to sign, which he thinks is his bodyguard license.

Bryce signs them only to find out they are adoption papers for him to become the son of Sonia and Kincaid, much to the horror of both Bryce and Kincaid. Bryce despondently jumps off the yacht he is piloting while Sonia and Darius have sex inside.


Gary Oldman is briefly seen as Vladislav Dukhovich through archive footage from the first film. Additionally, director Patrick Hughes appears as a bouncer at the club.


In May 2018, it was announced that Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, and Salma Hayek were in early talks to reprise their roles for a sequel to the 2017 film The Hitman's Bodyguard,[5] with plans to begin filming later in the year. While Lionsgate was in talks to secure the United States distribution rights, Patrick Hughes was also in talks to return for directing duties.[6] In November 2018, Lionsgate acquired the US rights from Millennium Films, while Matt O'Toole and Les Weldon would produce the film through Millennium and Campbell Grobman Films, and Hughes would return to direct the film from the script by Tom O'Connor, Brandon Murphy and Phillip Murphy.[7] Reynolds, Jackson, and Hayek also officially signed on to star in the sequel.[8] In March 2019, Frank Grillo, Morgan Freeman, Antonio Banderas and Tom Hopper joined the cast of the film, with Richard E. Grant reprising his role from the first.[9][10][11][12]

Filming began on March 2, 2019, in Europe.[7][13] Filming took place in Italy (Trieste), Croatia (Rovinj, Rijeka, Karlovac, Zagreb, Jastrebarsko, Pisarovina, Motovun, Buje, Vodnjan, Lim Channel and Biševo),[14][15] Slovenia, Bulgaria and United Kingdom.


Lionsgate Films released the film on June 16, 2021,[16] after being previously delayed to August 20, 2021, from an original release date of August 28, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[17][18]


Box office[edit]

Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard grossed $38 million in the United States and Canada, and $32 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $70.1 million.[3][4]

In the United States and Canada, the film was projected to gross around $15 million from 3,331 theaters over its five-day opening weekend.[1] The film made $3.9 million on its first day of release, including $1.8 million from advanced screenings the weekend before and $815,000 from Tuesday night previews.[2] It went on to gross $11.4 million in its opening weekend and $16.7 million over the five days, topping the box office.[19] It fell 57% to $4.9 million in its second weekend, finishing in third, then $3 million in its third weekend, including $3.8 million over the four-day 4th of July frame.[20][21]

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 26% based on 189 reviews, with an average rating of 5.8/10. The site's critics consensus reads: "Despite the charms of its ensemble, The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard fails to protect the audience from repetitive and tired genre tropes."[22] On Metacritic, the film has weighted average score of 32 out of 100 based on reviews from 36 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[23] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B" on an A+ to F scale, while PostTrak reported 75% of audience members gave it a positive score, with 53% saying they would definitely recommend it.[2]

Alonso Duralde of the TheWrap wrote: "Hitman's Wife Bodyguard is a comedy with not one legitimate laugh, and an action movie where cars keep blowing up while the A-listers yell at each other, as though that were inherently amusing or entertaining."[24] From The Hollywood Reporter, David Rooney said: "Screenwriters Tom O'Connor, Phillip Murphy and Brandon Murphy display no interest in how credible characters — even cartoonishly exaggerated comic ones — might really behave under circumstances like these, which wouldn't be so bad if the movie were funnier. But its occasional laughs drown in a sea of action-comedy tropes that have been stale for decades."[25]


In June 2021, Patrick Hughes stated that a third film is in development with the basic plot including an additional main cast member, already mapped out.[26] By July, the filmmaker acknowledged that the end of the film leaves opportunity open for additional installments. Hughes stated: "the ending of this film lends itself to more suffering for Michael Bryce, so that can continue for eternity because I certainly love watching Ryan suffer. If there's potential to do it further, then we certainly are going to pursue that."[27]

In June 2022, Hughes revealed that as he wrapped production on The Man from Toronto, he realized that he wants to have The Hitman's Bodyguard movies take place in the same universe. The filmmaker stated that he plans to talk to the associated film studios, and is working on a crossover idea where Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Hart, and Woody Harrelson can reprise their respective roles.[28]


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