Mel Gibson confirms he's directing and starring in Lethal Weapon 5

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15 Nov 2021, 13:41

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Lethal Weapon fans rejoice. Gibson is set to make his mark on the FIFTH and final instalment of the Hollywood cop blockbuster after the franchise's late Richard Donner asked him to take over the reigns before he passed away in July.

According to The Sun's Bizarre, Mel said: “The man who directed all the Lethal films, Richard Donner, he was a big guy.

“He was developing the screenplay and he got pretty far along with it. And he said to me one day, ‘Listen kid, if I kick the bucket you will do it.’ And I said: ‘Shut up.’

“But he did indeed pass away. But he did ask me to do it and at the time I didn’t say anything.

“He said it to his wife and to the studio and the producer. So I will be directing the fifth one.”

An insider said: “As well as stepping up to direct Lethal Weapon 5 Mel is going to be starring in it.

“Fans of Riggs will be pleased to see him back on screen – older but not necessarily wiser.

“It is hoped Danny Glover will come back to and reprise his role of Roger Murtaugh.”

Donner previously said about the movie before his sad passing: "This is the final one. It's both my privilege and duty to put it to bed. It's exciting, actually... Hahaha! It's the last one, I'll promise you that."

With production thought to start next year, the blockbuster will mark 23 years since the last movie.