When it was announced in 2018 that John Woo would be remaking his iconic 1989 film The Killer with a female lead, it was met with a mixed reaction. However, the casting of Lupita Nyogo’o in the titular role originated by Chow Yun-Fat was met with great potential. Not much had been said since, until last week.

At the Hawaii International Film Festival, Woo announced that he is still making the film. However, he is on the hunt for a new “killer” as Nyogo’o, who has become a name that everyone wants in their projects lately, will no longer be able to star due to a schedule conflict. Woo blames that the script being rewritten and it taking too much time caused Nyogo’o’s departure as she signed on for a new project.

Woo is still intent on remaking his film with a female lead because he felt female action stars in their films lately have no soul and thus, he wants to bring a sense of emotion and humanity to the role. He said:

“The biggest reason why I wanted to do this movie again because [I wanted] ‘the killer’ to be a woman — that’s exciting to me. It will make the movie have a different look.”

More as this develops.

H/T: Deadline