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Mel Gibson Set to Play Detective in New Adventure Thriller

by Chase Thomas
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The star of so many classics including Braveheart, The Patriot, Lethal Weapon and so many others, Mel Gibson, is on his way back to the big screen. Yes, Gibson has signed onto play a detective in an upcoming movie called as of this writing Boys of Summer.

Mel Gibson is back.

The film has been described as an “indie fantasy adventure thriller” so this film could go a lot of different ways. His co-star in the film is Mason Thames.

The director of the film, who previously directed the series Wizards of Waverly Place, said “Boys of Summer is a throwback story that conjures up the magic and nostalgia of childhood as its heroes fight monsters old and new,” per the Hollywood Reporter.

So this film will definitely work from a fantasy angle. This is not the traditional role for somebody like Gibson, and although he is still playing a detective, it certainly seems like this will be one of his lesser serious and heavy films that folks have come to expect from him. Outside of early plot analysis, there is not a lot of information about what sort of monsters will be at play and what role Thames and Gibson will have with one another.

What Else Us Mel Gibson Up To?

Gibson has been a busy man of late, as he joined the John Wick origin story series “The Continental” not too long ago either. While there are limited details about Gibson’s role in Boys Of Summer and what the actual film will be about, the John Wick series is a bit different. Deadline spoke with Lionsgate TV’s Kevin Beggs who said, “What we’re exploring in The Continental is the young Winston and how it came to be that he and his team of confederates found their way into this hotel which we have met for the first time in the movie franchise 40 years later.”

So they will be going all the way back with the Keanu Reeves-starring movies. It will not be your traditional television series, though, as it will be more of a miniseries, perhaps why Gibson, a traditionally movie-focused actor, took the role for a television show. Each episode will feel like its own movie it sounds like.

Beggs contiues, “That’s the arena. I won’t give away more than that, but Starz really leaned into this take also, and they have been great collaborators. And how we’ve approached this first season is as three essentially 90-minute events which you could construe as a limited series or a limited event series.”

Either way, it is interesting to see Gibson back in big-time roles both in television and on the big screen. stay tuned for more information on both.