The Thenandal banner 's prestigious 100th film will be directed by Atlee, Thalapathy Vijay will be playing the lead role in the film and this is his 61st film. The film has been titled as 'Mersal'.
'Mersal' will have the music score of Double Oscar winner A.R.Rahman. K.V.Vijayendra Prasad who has penned the story for many blockbusters such as 'Magadheera', 'Baahubali' and 'Bajrangi Bhaijan' has written the screenplay for this film for Atlee's story and dialogues.
Vijay reportedly plays triple roles in the film. One is that of a Village head and the portions of this character will also have importance for the Jallikattu sport as evidenced in the First look poster released on VIjay's birthday. Nithya Menen is the pair for this character of VIjay. Other two characters played by Vijay are that of a doctor and a magician. Kajal Aggarwal and Samantha will be the love interest for these two characters respectively. Kushi director SJ Suryah will also be acting in the film and it is rumored that he is the lead antagonist of the film.
Sathyaraj, Vaigaipuyal Vadivelu, Kovai Sarala and Sathyan will be seen in other important roles. Comedy king Vadivelu will be seen sharing screen space with after a gap of six years. The last time the duo made us laugh out loud was in 'Kavalan' that released in 2011
Debutant GK Vishnu will be the cinematographer while Ruben will handle the cuts. Muthuraj will be the Art director, Anal Arasu will design the stunt choreography.
The shooting began in Chennai on February 1, 2017. Subsequent schedules happened in Rajasthan and France. Currently the shoot is progressing again in Chennai.
The audio release is scheduled to happen in August 2017 and the film has been planned as a Diwali festival release in the month of October 2017.
The film will be produced by S.Ramasamy of Thenandal Studios Limited.