Ranveer Singh in talks to play superhero 'Nagraj'
Nagraj was created in late 1980s by Sanjay Gupta
New Delhi: Actor Ranveer Singh is in negotiations to play the role of the iconic Indian superhero Nagraj in a big-screen adaptation of the comicbook series, Manoj Gupta, president of publisher Raj Comics, said on December 11.
The film will be produced by filmmaker Karan Johar, Gupta added.
"We are in talks with Ranveer Singh and Karan Johar for a live-action silver-screen adaptation of Nagraj. While nothing is inked so far, things are looking positive," Gupta said.
Nagraj, which literally means 'Snake King', was created in the late 1980s by Sanjay Gupta and published by Raj Comics. The first story on the fictional superhero was penned by Prashuram Sharma and illustrations were done by Pratap Mullik. Later, it was drawn by Sanjay Ashtputre, Chandu and Anupam Sinha.
Gupta said though the project is in initial stages of development, they are hoping for a 2022 release. "Everyone is extremely enthusiastic about the idea of making a Nagraj feature film. While other superhero films have been made in Bollywood before, this will be the first live-action adaptation of an Indian comicbook superhero," he added. Gupta previously had said that the team is working towards adapting their comicbook characters for various mediums.