Bullet Train: Summer’s Hottest (and Coolest) Action Road Movie, Starring Brad Pitt

David Leitch directed Bullet Train, an action comedy from screenplay by Zak Olkewicz, based on Kōtarō Isaka’s novel Maria Beetle (published in English as Bullet Train).

The film features an ensemble cast, headed by Brad Pitt, and including Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon, and Benito “Bad Bunny” Ocasio.

The eagerly awaited movie is scheduled for release on July 15, 2022, by Sony Pictures.

Pitt plays trained killer Ladybug, a man wishing to give up the life but is pulled back in by his handler Maria Beetle in order to collect a briefcase on a bullet train heading from Tokyo to Morioka.

Once onboard, he and the other competing assassins onboard discover that their objectives are all connected.

Sandra Bullock joined the cast to replace Lady Gaga, who had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with House of Gucci.

Production for Bullet Train began in October 2020 in Los Angeles, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Shooting started on November 16, 2020, and ended in March 2021. Pitt performed the majority of his stunts in the film.

It is scheduled to be released on July 15, 2022. It was originally set to be released on April 8, 2022.

Brad Pitt as Ladybug
Joey King as the Prince, a teenage assassin.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Tangerine, Lemon’s crime partner
Brian Tyree Henry as Lemon, an assassin
Andrew Koji as Kimura
Hiroyuki Sanada
Michael Shannon
Benito “Bad Bunny” Ocasio
Zazie Beetz as Hornet
Masi Oka
Logan Lerman
Karen Fukuhara
Sandra Bullock as Maria Beetle, Ladybug’s handler
Pasha D. Lychnikoff
Miraj Grbić


Directed by David Leitch
Screenplay by Zak Olkewicz
Based on Maria Beetle (published in English as Bullet Train)
by Kōtarō Isaka
Produced by Kelly McCormick, Leitch, Antoine Fuqua
Cinematography Jonathan Sela
Edited by Elisabet Ronaldsdottir
Music by Dominic Lewis
Production companies: Columbia Pictures, 87North Productions, Fuqua Films
Distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing
Release date: July 15, 2022
Budget $85.9 million