As we know, in Diabolik 2 and 3 there will be an important handover of the baton, that of the protagonist, who has undergone a recast: it will no longer be Luca Marinelli in the role of the king of terror, but the Italian-Canadian Giacomo Gianniotti. Marco Manetti, one of the two halves of the Manetti Bros., directors of the trilogy, explains why this change came so suddenly.
Turning an actor into a trilogy is a big anomaly, even if perhaps Diabolik, who has a thousand faces, is the only character he’s suitable for. The reason is the pandemic. Due to the one-year delay, we never had a chance to shoot the second and third movies before the first came out. For us it was a great opportunity, if we hadn’t seized it, we would have been behind Diabolik for ten years of our career which, with all respect and love, is a lot. However, Luca Marinelli had already signed a contract for another film and so couldn’t have it. With pain, we chose to film them together with another actor.
It is therefore a very special anomaly, due to scheduling conflicts exacerbated by the pandemic: now all that remains is the curiosity to see Gianniotti in action.
The two new films don’t have a definite release date yet, but the second is likely to hit theaters this year. The first film, which hit theaters last December, is now available on Home Video.
This is the summary of the movie:
In the fictional 1960s town of Clerville, Diabolik is an unscrupulous thief whose true identity no one knows. The criminal took another blow and again escaped police ambushes with his clever tricks. Meanwhile, the town is eagerly awaiting the arrival of Lady Kant, a charming heiress who brings a famous pink diamond with her. The jewel, priceless, does not escape the attention of Diabolik who, trying to obtain it, is enchanted by the irresistible charm of the woman. Now the King of Terror’s life is in danger: Inspector Ginko and his team have finally found a way to track him down and this time Diabolik won’t be able to save himself.
Source: Lega Nerd