Russo Brothers Announce Varun Dhawan As The Lead Of Citadel In India

The Russo Brothers’ Indian series, in their global Citadel franchise on Amazon, is set to cast Varun Dhawan as lead actor. Notably, this comes more than a year after rumours surfaced that Varun, who has been in movies like Dishoom and ABCD 2, will play the lead role in the Indian iteration of Citadel.

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Created by Raj & DK, the Indian sequel is set to begin in January 2023. Additionally, the duo serve as showrunners and directors, including Sita R. Menon as writer too! Notably, it also casts Richard Madden and Priyanka Chopra Jones. The U.S. series, the first to air, is scheduled to debut in early 2023. The first series also features Stanley Tucci!

As part of their production company D2R Films, Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK are also executive producers. Moreover, production on the Indian Original and all other series set in the global Citadel universe is overseen by AGBO’s Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Mike Larocca, Angela Russo-Otstot, Scott Nemes, and David Weil. The series is produced by D2R Films and Amazon Studios. 

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Also, the executive producers for Midnight Radio on the untitled Indian Original and all shows in the global Citadel universe are Josh Applebaum, André Nemec, Jeff Pinkner, and Scott Rosenberg. Gaurav Gandhi, the vice president of Prime Video India, said:

“Eager to start production on the Indian chapter of Citadel universe from the Russo Brothers’ AGBO since it takes a truly original and ambitious approach to storytelling. With this endeavor, we are advancing our goal of providing audiences with entertainment that has no boundaries by creating locally produced original content. Citadel is a truly international franchise with regional productions in many nations that lead to an interconnected plot—a groundbreaking storytelling concept.”

Similarly, Varun Dhawan, talking about this new project, said, “For me, Prime Video is like home, so I’m excited to embark on this streaming adventure with them. Being a part of Citadel, an extraordinarily ambitious and thrilling brand created by the Russo Brothers’ AGBO and Jennifer Salke, is a watershed event in my professional life.”

“As a longtime admirer of their work, I am ecstatic to be a part of this project and am eager to get the shooting underway. The Indian Citadel chapter has a fascinating premise, and with creators like Raj & DK involved, there will undoubtedly be a spectacle,” he further added.

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