Akshay Kumar
Akshay KumarVarinder Chawla

Akshay Kumar has a string of films lined up, of which "Ikka" is one. The superstar will be seen essaying a double role in it.

The official Hindi remake of Tamil blockbuster "Kaththi," the film is to be largely shot in Mumbai, Catch News reported. Akshay will begin shooting after he wraps up "2.0" and "Jolly LLB 2," which is somewhere between January and February next year.

To be directed by A. R. Murugadoss' assistant Jagan Shakti, the film is expected to arrive in theatres mid-2017. The final script narration is yet to happen; the cast and crew will apparently sit for a session after "Akira" is done and dusted with.

Although, the web portal claims that the female lead and rest of the star cast will be announced close to the time they begin shooting, speculations suggest that Pakistani actress Maya Ali and model Sadia Khan have been approached for the lead role.

In other news, the Hindi version will be slightly different than the original. Because people are familiar with the story, the makers have apparently thought of tweaking the script a tad in a way that it fits the North India set up. "Kaththi" is based on farmer suicides; "Ikka" will have water crisis at its centre.

In other news, Akshay has committed to "Namastey England," which is scheduled to roll by mid-August in London. But going by his packed calendar, it looks unlikely that he will be able to squeeze in this film anytime this year.