Ryan Reynolds’ ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Lands ‘Expendables 3’ Director Patrick Hughes

Director Jeff Wadlow has exited the project

Ryan Reynolds‘ film “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” has a new director, TheWrap has learned.

Jeff Wadlow has exited the Millennium Films project and “The Expendables 3” director Patrick Hughes has taken his place.

Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Salma Hayek and Elodie Yung are also starring in the action thriller.

Production is set to begin April 2 in locations like London, Amsterdam and Bulgaria.

“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” follows the world’s top protection agent (Reynolds), whose new client is a hitman. The two have been facing off against each other for years and are obviously not too happy about working together as villains surface to try and stop the hitman from turning in incriminating evidence.

Mark Gill, John Thompson, Matt O’Toole and Les Weldon are producing.

Hughes has also directed “Red Hill” and shorts titled “Signs,” “The Lighter” and “The Director.” His other upcoming projects include “Undercover,” “High Value Target” and “The Storm Warning,” all three of which he is set to direct.

Hughes is represented by WME, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Gang Tyre.