Mel Gibson and Frank Grillo will star in Boss Level, a new time-loop thriller from the director of The Grey.

News David Crow Joseph Baxter

Mar 28, 2018

Boss Level seems to be continuing the tradition its started when, last year, it teamed with Universal for Happy Death Day, successfully retrofitting the ever-growing subgenre of Groundhog Day-adjacent films to the slasher movie form. This particular time-loop thriller, written and directed by Joe Carnahan, delves into the action genre, starring Frank Grillo, Naomi Watts, Mel Gibson and Annabelle Wallis.

Grillo stars in Boss Level as a retired special forces operative who finds himself trapped in a never-ending loop that constantly results in his death. With the film now in production, it continues to build an increasingly intriguing cast.

Boss Level News

Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots tight end and all-around sports celebrity, has joined the cast of Boss Level, according to The Tracking Board. While the details of Gronkowski’s character were not revealed, this plunge into the film industry apparently came after the advice of megastars like Dwayne Johnson and Sylvester Stallone, who clearly believe that the football star has physical ability and charisma necessary to pull off a burgeoning career as an action star.

Gronkowski, a.k.a., the Gronk, has already banked a few onscreen appearances, starting with a cameo (as himself,) in 2015’s Entourage movie, followed by roles in American Violence, You Can’t Have It, The Clapper (again, as himself) and comedy Deported. He also played himself via voice in a 2017 episode of Family Guy. However, a 2017 guest appearance in WWE’s WrestleMania 33 – in which he “interfered” in a match to help his friend, Mojo Rawley, against would-be WWE Heavyweight Champion, Jinder Mahal – seemingly served as the catalyst for his action endeavors.

The Gronkowski news arrives after the news of Boss Level’s leading ladies, with Variety reporting that Naomi Watts has jumped aboard, as well as Deadline’s report that Annabelle Wallis has nabbed a lead role.

While the details of Watts’s character were not revealed, Wallis will reportedly play Alice, a dental hygienist who carries a crush on Frank Grillo’s day-repeating Special Forces man, named Roy Pulver.

Boss Level Details

Boss Level certainly has an increasingly familiar and appealing setup that’s in line with Source Code, Edge of Tomorrow, and Happy Death Day, but with the added bonus of being likely more grizzled in its action movie exploits given Carnahan’s previous films, which include Narc, The A-Team, and The Grey.

The film cements Frank Grillo’s continuing rising stature as an action star after previously appearing in the Captain America sequels and the last two cult-loved The Purge movies. And Gibson seems to officially be in the comeback, renaissance era of his career after directing the superb, Best Picture nominated Hacksaw Ridge last year, and having since appeared in the box office comedy hit, Daddy’s Home 2.

Plus, just imagine one day that it’s revealed all of these time-bending movies are related, and all of these people’s time-looped lives—be it on their sorority-themed birthday, during a terrorist attack, or an alien invasion—are at the mercy of an angry, uncaring god named Punxsutawney Phil! Stranger things have happened onscreen…

Boss Level is being produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark Vahradian, and Randall Emmett and George Furla, and is financed by Emmett/Furla/Oasis.