Kartik Aaryan will play the title role in his next film, Freddy, to be directed by Ajay Bahl.
"In Freddy, Kartik will play a character unlike any he has played so far. Ajay wanted someone with a sense of mischief and mystery and Kartik fitted the bill," a source tells Subhash K Jha.
Kartik will go through a rigorous workshop to get his body language and diction right.
"He will be nothing like Kartik Aryan when he is ready to play Freddy," promises the source.
The social comedy will be produced by Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment.
"Ajay Bahl, who has made films on bold and unexplored themes in BA Pass and Section 375, has an unusual role for Kartik," the source adds.
"It's a lighthearted but extremely relevant character that would require a long preparation from Kartik. But the actor is up to the task."
Kartik will first finish a thriller with Ram Madhvani, which starts shooting in December.
Then he will complete Priyadarshan's Bhool Bhulaiyaa and Karan Johar's Dostana 2.
The Freddy shoot will start in June 2021.