The third part of the cop franchise Dabangg is slated to hit the floors in April and while the Prabhudeva directorial still awaits to close its leading lady, the antagonist opposite Salman Khan has already been locked. A source close to the development revealed to a news organisation that it is none other than Kichcha Sudeep, a Kannada star, known for his performances in films like Makkhi (Eega), Phoonk and many others.

The source told Mumbai Mirror, “Sudeep and Salman have been planning to team up on a film since a long time and things have finally fallen in place. The two will engage in Tom and Jerry kind of skirmishes in Dabangg 3. Sudeep’s character has shades of grey.” Interestingly, Salman recently launched the teaser of Kichcha Sudeep’s sports drama Pailwaan on the social media which is a hint of them having bonded well before kickstarting the shoot. Salman had tweeted, “@KicchaSudeep , you have taken what we started to another level, all the best and congrats to the MAN, to the PAILWAAN” (sic).

While the film will reportedly be shot over 90 to 100 days, the makers are targeting to release it in December. Salman, on the other hand, will be seen next in Bharat alongside Katrina Kaif. Showcasing their journey from 18 to 60 years, both the stars will have five different looks in the official remake of the Korean film titled, An Ode To My Father. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, the upcoming movie also features Disha Patani, Sunil Grover and Nora Fatehi in pivotal roles and is set to hit the screens during the Eid weekend in 2019.