Buzz has it that Kannada megastar Sudeep, who has also appeared in a couple of Tamil and Telugu movies in his over two-decade-long acting career, has been finalized to feature in superstar Salman Khan’s forthcoming film Dabangg 3.

According to reports, Sudeep will be seen as an antagonist in the third instalment of the hit cop franchise Dabangg. A source adds that Prabhudheva recently narrated the basic premise of Dabangg 3 to the actor who liked what he heard and gave his verbal nod to the film. He will sign the project on the dotted line soon.

“Sudeep and Salman have been planning to team up on a film for a long time and things have finally fallen in place. The two will engage in Tom and Jerry kind of skirmishes in Dabangg 3. Sudeep’s character has shades of grey,” a well-placed source reveals.

Dabangg 3, which is being directed by actor-choreographer-filmmaker Prabhudeva, is set to start rolling in the month of April. If the source is to be believed, the film will be wrapped up within 90-100 days. There are also reports that Salman is planning to release the cop-drama around the festivities of Christmas later this year.

Dabangg 3 is being bankrolled by Salman Khan’s younger brother Arbaaz Khan who also directed Dabangg 2, the second instalment of the franchise.

The much-awaited film is rumoured to be a two-heroine project. While Sonakshi Sinha, who played the female lead in the first two instalments of the franchise, is almost confirmed to return to the sequel, no official word has come on the actress who plays the second female lead in the high-profile project.