"Rohit sir liked my performance in 2017 Tamil film 'Theeran' and thought that I would fit the role of the baddie in 'Sooryavanshi'," Abhimanyu said in a statement.
Abhimanyu, who made his Bollywood debut with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's "Aks", described his role as "unpredictable and deadly".
"It's an interesting role. Akshay sir and I have known each other for a while now and it has been a great shoot from the first day... It was lovely shooting with Akshay sir and Rohit sir made me feel as if we have known each other for years," he added.
Akshay will play the lead role of Veer Suryavanshi, a character that was introduced as an Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) officer in a cameo role performed by the "Kesari" star in "Simmba".
The movie also stars Sara Ali Khan, and will see Neena Gupta essay Akshay's mother.
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