According to the latest reports, Tamil actor Arya will replace Fahad Fazil in the upcoming movie Double Barrel, directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery. The movie was actually planned with Prithviraj, Fahad Fazil and Indrajith in the lead roles; but reportedly, Fahad Fazil has walked out of the project due to unknown reasons.
Arya, who is of Malayali descent, is one of the most established lead actors of Tamil movie industry. He debuted in Malayalam with Santhosh Sivan directed Urumi, in dual roles. Urumi was produced by Prithviraj, Santhosh Sivan and Shaji Nadesan under the banner August Cinema. Interestingly, Arya’s voice in Urumi was dubbed by the lead actor Prithviraj.
Arya was also approached for a pivotal role in Prithviraj starrer Mumbai Police, directed by Roshan Andrews; but actor turned down the offer due to other movie commitments. Later the role went to Jayasurya. Arya has always expressed his keen interest in doing Malayalam films; but considers his lack of fluency in the language as a barrier.
Double Barrel is one of the most prestigious projects of 2014. The movie will have Asif Ali and Sunny Wayne in extended cameo roles. Swathi Reddy, Rachana Narayanakutti and Isha Sherwani plays the female leads in the movie. Double Barrel is produced by the August Cinema and is slated to release for Christmas.