Telugu actor Gopichand has bagged a role in Rajinikanth’s upcoming Tamil film, Annaatthe. Gopichand will essay the role of the antagonist in the film – playing the villain after 16 years. He was last seen playing a negative role in Telugu film Yagnam.

The project, which will see Rajinikanth play a caring brother, marks his maiden collaboration with director Siva, best known for helming Veeram and Viswasam.

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Tipped to be a rural drama and being bankrolled by Sun Pictures, the film also stars Keerthy Suresh, Meena and Khushbhu in key roles. The film was officially launched last December in Chennai in a low-key affair. The film, which has music by D. Imman and produced by Sun Pictures, is already confirmed as Diwali 2020 release.

Rajinikanth was last seen on screen in Darbar, which has been directed by A.R Murugadoss. The film featured Rajinikanth in the role of an angry cop who sets out to avenge his daughter. It marked the return of Rajinikanth in the role of a cop after 25 years.