Jonathan Majors Sets Return With Martin Villeneuve's Supernatural Thriller MERCILESS

Jonathan Majors Sets Return With Martin Villeneuve's Supernatural Thriller MERCILESS

Jonathan Majors has set his first acting gig since being convicted of assault and harassment earlier this year. He will star in a new supernatural thriller titled Merciless...

By MarkCassidy - Jun 21, 2024 05:06 AM EST
Filed Under: Movies
Source: Deadline

Jonathan Majors has set his first acting gig since being convicted of assault and harassment earlier this year. The Loki and Creed III star will play the lead in a new supernatural revenge thriller from Martin Villeneuve, the younger brother of Dune filmmaker Denis Villeneuve.

Based on an original screenplay by Frank Hannah, Merciless "follows a top CIA interrogator who, after the woman he loves is overtaken by a malevolent force, is forced to go even darker to defeat it. The movie is scheduled to shoot in Saskatchewan in late fall.

“Merciless intertwines themes of possession, revenge and personal justice within a haunting narrative. It explores the psychological descent of John, played by Majors, and the supernatural forces challenging his sanity,” Villeneuve says.

The project was developed by producer Christopher Tuffin, who says he “refuses to let the court of public opinion and selective prosecution undermine great art and artists.”

“In graduate school, I had the good fortune to study screenwriting under Blacklist scribe Millard Lampell and learned from him the dangers of letting politics undermine due process and deprive artists of their careers,” Tuffin went on. “I consider it an honor and a privilege to be working with Jonathan, who is such a great talent, now that this matter has been adjudicated.”

Majors was found guilty of two misdemeanour counts of harassment and assault, as well as not guilty on two additional charges of intentional assault in the third degree and aggravated harassment in the second degree. After a recent sit-down interview with GMA backfired, some industry insiders believed that the judge might decide to give Majors a "taste of jail."

“The judge has a wide variety of tools at his disposal at sentencing, including anger management, community service, other programming and jail time. If the defendant says anything to piss off the judge, or insults the integrity of the judicial system, I could easily see the judge giving him a taste of jail,” noted Cary London, a civil rights and criminal defense attorney at Shulman & Hill.

However, Majors escaped with one year of domestic violence counseling, despite an emotional victim impact statement from Jabbari.

“He is not sorry and has not accepted responsibility. He will do this again. He will hurt another women. This is a man who believes he’s above the law,” Jabbari said. “I had a career and life and body, all of which he’s damaged.”

What do you make of this news? Will you be glad to see Majors back, or do you think he should have waited a little longer?

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Munk88
Munk88 - 6/25/2024, 10:04 AM
Niiiccceee! Stoked to see him get to show his side of of this recent domestic abuse case, and what a great title! "MERCELISS"...I wonder who's playing is ex girlfriend? ..[ gravel narrator voice ]" this summer, the artist that showed the world that black people still look great in purple, is back to prove that when a woman gets out of line...he's..MERCELISS!"

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