Priyanka Chopra scores female lead opposite Chris Pratt in upcoming 'Cowboy Ninja Viking'

The much-anticipated comic book adaptation, based on the Image Comics series of the same name, has already nabbed Hollywood biggies like Chris Pratt for the lead role.


                            Priyanka Chopra scores female lead opposite Chris Pratt in upcoming 'Cowboy Ninja Viking'

She is better known as Alex Parrish from ABC's 'Quantico' and it's just a matter of time before small screen favorite Priyanka Chopra turns heads in a lead role. Although the actress, a bonafide star in Bollywood, has already tasted stardom with two of her big-screen performances - as a villain in 'Baywatch' and with her latest drama 'A Kid Like Jake' - Chopra is all set to grab some serious eyeballs with her next, a coveted role in the big screen adaptation of 'Cowboy Ninja Viking'.

The much-anticipated comic book adaptation, based on the Image Comics series of the same name, has already nabbed Hollywood biggies like Chris Pratt for the lead role. And if latest reports are any indication, Chopra would be joining the production as the female lead opposite Pratt. In fact, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the 'Quantico' actress is believed to be filling in the shoes of Pratt's love interest in the big screen adaptation of the comics.

Michelle MacLaren (of fame Game of Thrones) will be taking the director's chair while the screenplay is being tackled by Dan Mazeau, Ryan Engle, Craig Mazin, Paul Wernick and David Reese. Universal Studio's 'Cowboy Ninja Viking' will be produced by Guymon Casady, Ben Forkner, Michael De Luca, and Mark Gordon along with 'Guardians'star Pratt.

'Cowboy Ninja Viking' is a comic series created by AJ Lieberman and Riley Rossmo (Image Comics)
'Cowboy Ninja Viking' is a comic series created by AJ Lieberman and Riley Rossmo (Image Comics)

While plot details are limited as of now, writer A.J. Lieberman and illustrator Riley Rossmo's 'Cowboy Ninja Viking' is known to be a story centered around an assassin with multiple personality disorder.  After being recruited by a secret government program, the super soldier is trained to channel the skills of his three different personas - a cowboy, a ninja and, a Viking. 

"The character was the concept," said Lieberman about drafting the graphic novel series, "Once I had that – I relaxed and the humorous side of the concept started to come out. Oddly enough even though Duncan (Cowboy Ninja Viking) is our hero, in terms of the development of the series he was not the most important. That honor goes to Yashitiko Ammo (Pirate Gladiator Oceanographer)".   

About choosing the three distinct personas, Lieberman adds: "I wanted really cool archetypes that would allow for a maximum amount of internal conflict.  When I was first starting to think of the character I wanted each to be this upstanding white hat hero type."

Other than Pratt and Chopra, reports of cast additions are scarce at the moment. However, Universal seems to be picking up the pace with the project and is said to have shelved 'Cowboy Ninja Viking' for a June 28, 2019 release. 

Actor Chris Pratt visits 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on June 14, 2018 in New York City.
Actor Chris Pratt visits 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on June 14, 2018 in New York City.