Leo, also known as Leo: Bloody Sweet is a highly anticipated Indian Tamil-language action film helmed by director Lokesh Kanagaraj. The script was co-written by Rathna Kumar and Deeraj Vaidy. The movie is being produced by S. S. Lalit Kumar, under the banner of Seven Screen Studio, with Jagadish Palanisamy as the co-producer.
Leo Tamil Movie 2023 Cast, Story, Music, & Production
The star-studded cast of Leo features Vijay in the lead role, alongside a talented ensemble including Trisha, Sanjay Dutt, Arjun Sarja, Priya Anand, Mysskin, Gautham Vasudev Menon, and Mansoor Ali Khan.
|Gautham Vasudev Menon|
|Mansoor Ali Khan|
‘Leo’ is an upcoming gangster drama where Vijay portrays the role of an aged gangster. The film boasts a formidable cast including Sanjay Dutt, Trisha, Gautham Menon, Priya Anand, Mathew Thomas, Mansoor Ali Khan, and Sandy, among other talented actors.
Trisha has been cast as the female lead in ‘Leo,’ starring Thalapathy Vijay. However, reports were indicating that she had departed from the film citing creative disagreements.
Sanjay Dutt has arrived in Kashmir to commence shooting for Lokesh Kanagaraj’s ‘Leo,’ in which he will be seen sharing the screen with Thalapathy Vijay. Dutt has been cast as the antagonist in the film.
‘Leo’ is an action thriller film directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj. The movie stars Thalapathy Vijay, Trisha, and Sanjay Dutt in prominent roles.
Gautham Vasudev Menon
Mansoor Ali Khan
In early 2021, news surfaced that Lokesh Kanagaraj and Vijay would join forces for a second film following their collaboration on “Master” (2021). However, Lokesh was initially committed to directing “Vikram” (2022), while Vijay had signed up for Nelson’s “Beast” (2022) and Vamshi Paidipally’s untitled project, later titled “Varisu” (2023).
In March 2022, Lokesh confirmed that discussions were underway for him to helm Vijay’s 67th film. Subsequently, in May, Lokesh officially confirmed the project, tentatively titled “Thalapathy 67.”
Lokesh Kanagaraj dedicated approximately six months to the writing and pre-production process of the film. For the script, Lokesh collaborated with Rathna Kumar, marking their third consecutive partnership. Additionally, Dheeraj Vaidy, known for directing “Jil Jung Juk” (2016), also joined the writing team for the project.
The film’s soundtrack is composed by Anirudh Ravichander, marking his fourth collaboration with Vijay after “Kaththi” (2014), “Master,” and “Beast.” This is also Anirudh’s third collaboration with Lokesh Kanagaraj, following their work on “Master” and “Vikram.”
The music rights for the film were acquired by Sony Music India for ₹16 crore (approximately US$2.0 million). The track titled “Bloody Sweet,” featured in the two-minute promo video, was released on February 3, 2023, along with the promo. The English lyrics for the song were penned by Heisenberg, and it was performed by Anirudh and Siddharth Basrur.
‘Leo’ is slated for a theatrical release on October 19, 2023. Alongside the Tamil version, the film is anticipated to be released in dubbed versions, catering to Telugu, Kannada, and Hindi-speaking audiences as well.
According to Indian trade sources, ‘Leo’ is expected to make a significant pre-release recovery of ₹413 crore (approximately US$52 million). This impressive figure includes the revenue generated from the sale of satellite, digital, music, and theatrical rights.
Out of the total amount, ₹246 crore (approximately US$31 million) has been earned through the film’s non-theatrical rights. Furthermore, the overseas theatrical rights were sold to Phars Films for ₹60 crore (approximately US$7.5 million). If these reports hold, ‘Leo’ would be the first Tamil film to achieve such a substantial pre-release recovery.
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|Directed by||Lokesh Kanagaraj|
|Written by||Lokesh Kanagaraj
|Produced by||S. S. Lalit Kumar
|Edited by||Philomin Raj|
|Music by||Anirudh Ravichander|
|Seven Screen Studio|
|Release date||19 October 2023|
|Budget||est. ₹250–300 crore|
The digital rights of the film ‘Leo’ were acquired by Netflix, while the satellite rights were secured by Sun TV Network.
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