Lokesh Kanagaraj, after directing Kamal Haasan in 'Vikram' and Thalapathy Vijay in 'Leo', is set to collaborate with Rajinikanth for his next film.
As per reports Lokesh Kanagaraj is planning to cast an A-list actor from the Hindi Film Industry for an extended role in the movie.
He approached Shah Rukh Khan for the same role, who despite loving the subject declined due to date issues with an extended appearance in his daughter Suhana Khan's debut film.
Lokesh is now in talks with Ranveer Singh, who is showing real interests but wants to hear the entire script before giving his nod to the project.
Thalaivar 171 is scheduled to start filming in April next year and aims for a 2025 big-screen release. The movie is set to feature multiple big names from various industries from India.