Sidharth Malhotra, Hrithik Roshan
Sidharth Malhotra, Hrithik RoshanVarinder Chawla

Earlier this year, director Siddharth Anand announced he would be re-making Sylvester Stallone's "Rambo" series in Hindi adding that he had Hrithik Roshan in mind for the lead. But now, it appears the superstar has been replaced by Sidharth Malhotra.

According to what an insider informed DNA, talks with Hrithik didn't work out, after which he approached Sidharth. "Sidharth has liked the idea of the film but everything needs to be in place before he signs it. He is currently busy shooting his next action film with Jacqueline, post which he has the Ittefaq remake and Aashiqui 3 lined up. So both of them need to plan the entire thing before making an announcement," the source elaborated.

The project will be made into a three-film franchise and will not roll before 2017 ends.

This is in stark contrast to what was being reported earlier. It was only March when sources were claiming that Hrithik has liked the script and will prepare for the role very soon. Because it's an out-and-out action film, he would have train hard to look the part. Sylvester's portrayal of the battle-hardened John Rambo has always been one of the most-loved performances.

"Hrithik is currently busy with his other commitments and he will need to invest a lot of time into the prep for 'Rambo' considering that it is a landmark character in American cinema. The film is now in the pre-production stage," a source told Mid-Day.

In other news, Hrithik has begun Sanjay Gupta's "Kaabil" alongside Yami Gautam; Sidharth is currently filming an untitled film with Jacqueline Fernandez.