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Mel Gibson to star and direct Lethal Weapon 5

Mel Gibson will direct the film, after director Richard Donner passed away this year

Akshay Krishna
Nov 16, 2021
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Filmmaker Mel Gibson has been announced as the director for an upcoming Lethal Weapon movie. The fifth movie in the series, it would likely be the final entry. 

In an interview with The Sun (reported by THR), Gibson stated that director Richard Donner wanted him to direct the fifth film in the case of his death. This was shared by Donner’s widow after his passing. 

She has helped Gibson take over the movie and move it forward. Lethal Weapon 5 will be produced by Gibson, Dan Lin, and Shuler Donner.

The Lethal Weapon movies, which has a seperate fan base on its own, follows two stylish LAPD cops Martin Riggs (Gibson) and Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover), who have to take down various criminals.

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Mel Gibson as Martin Riggs and Danny Glover as Roger Murtaugh

The first Lethal Weapon movie was Gibson’s first big international break after starring in movies such as the Mad Maxx in Australia. Donner directed all the four movies, but passed away in 2021. 

The movie is also considered to have inspired many buddy-cop movies that have been made since. 

While Gibson has come under public fire previously for racist and anti-semetic comments, the filmmaker returned to his best with Hacksaw Ridge in 2016 starring Andrew Garfield. 

Gibson, who is best known for the award winning movie, Braveheart, has also previously helmed movies such as The Man Without a Face, The Passion of the Christ and Apocalypto.


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