Akshay announced the project on Twitter. He shared a photographed, in which he posed with the superstar himself, along with the film's director S Shankar and music composer A R Rahman.
Rahman posted the complete picture on Facebook:
Initially, the makers wanted Arnold Schwarzenegger to play the anatagonist, however the deal with the former California state senator and Hollywood actor could not materialize. (Also Read: Arnold Schwarzenegger May Not be a Part of Rajinikanth's Enthiran 2)
A source close to the film told news agency IANS: "The team has finally decided to rope in a Bollywood actor to play the villain. The deal with Arnold Schwarzenegger didn't work out for various reasons. Hence, the makers decided to move on, as the project was getting delayed."
Meanwhile, actress Amy Jackson, who was recently seen with Akshay in Prabhu Deva's Singh is Bliing, will play the female lead. Her character is reportedly a robot in the film.
The film went on floors on December 16 and is slated to hit the screens early next year.