Jr NTR in a still from RRR (L) and Hrithik Roshan in a still from War (R)
The sequel to Yash Raj Films' 2019 hit War just got even bigger with the addition of RRR star Jr NTR. Reports of the Telugu superstar joining the Hrithik Roshan-led cast of War 2 were confirmed today. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted: "It's official. Hrithik-Jr NTR in War 2. YRF pulls off a casting coup. Hrithik Roshan and Jr NTR will share screen space for the first time in War 2. Ayan Mukerji directs. YRF Spy Universe." Hrithik is expected to reprise his role of super spy Kabir; no details of what role Jr NTR will play have been revealed.
See Taran Adarsh's tweet here:
News agency ANI quoted a source as saying, "Jr NTR is locking horns with Hrithik Roshan in War 2. It's going to be epic! Their battle of wits and their fierce showdown will definitely be an action spectacle to remember on the big screen. War is now a true-blue pan-Indian film. This move by Aditya Chopra enables War 2 to have the widest audience appeal for a Hindi film and it also widens the box office potential of the film. South India should come alive and connect at a more emotional level with the film because of the presence of their beloved superstar."
The source added, "Jr NTR is one of the most respected and followed icons from South India. He is said to be extremely choosy about his films and if he has given the film a nod, it means War 2 is eclipsing the first film in terms of plot as well as scale. Hrithik Roshan vs Jr NTR will be a fight to remember! Let's put a reminder to watch this showdown first-day first show! Aditya Chopra had to take War 2 to a whole level in scale and Jr NTR's inclusion has made this proposition extremely delicious for audiences."
War 2 will be set in the Yash Raj Spy Universe that also contains Pathaan and Salman Khan's Tiger films. Salman made a crossover cameo as Tiger in Pathaan and Hrithik's Kabir was mentioned in a dialogue although the character did not appear. War, directed by Siddharth Anand, co-starred Tiger Shroff and was one of 2019's big hits.
Jr NTR is currently working on an untitled Telugu film with Janhvi Kapoor. RRR, in which he co-stars with Ram Charan, won this year's Best Original Song Oscar for the viral track Naatu Naatu.