The makers of the film have made it clear that Vijay has been roped in and he will play the role, which was played by Aamir Khan in the original. They also cleared that they have finalized the movie title as Nanban after considering Moovar and 3 Rascals.
The news comes as a surprise to many as the actor walked out in December 2010 citing date issues. To its trouble, Mahesh Babu, who gave his consent to act in Telugu version, also pulled out in the last minute due to unknown reasons. Later, it was revealed that the movie bosses are in the process to fill the lead slot with Surya, as he has the appeal in both Tamil and Telugu industries.
Sources say that Surya"s demands and remuneration made the makers to drop him. Hence, they approached Ilayathalapathy Vijay again. The latter, who has postponed his political plans after the success of Kaavalan, gave nod after a lengthy discussion with the director, claims a source.
Now, sources close to production house say that Vijay will join the team by this month end. However, Shankar has started the shooting from yesterday. Actress Illeana D"Cruz, Jeeva, Srikanth and Sathyaraj have joined him for the first schedule.