Ranbir Kapoor will play an outlaw in Yash Raj Films’s upcoming action-adventure Shamshera. The film marks Kapoor’s third collaboration with the studio after Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008) and Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year (2009).

The 45-second teaser of Shamshera features a battle-scarred Kapoor holding on to an axe and arrows as he declares himself to be “Karam se dacait, dharam se azaad”. Shamshera will be directed by Karan Malhotra, who has previously directed Agneepath (2012) and Brothers (2015). Malhotra has a three-film deal with Yash Raj Films.

Shamshera is exactly the film I was looking for,” Kapoor said in a press release. “While growing up watching Hindi commercial cinema, I had an image of what a film hero should be doing. Shamshera allows me to do everything that I had imagined and it’s a very exciting project for me. Karan is going to take me completely out of my comfort zone and I’m looking forward to this challenge.”

Shamshera will commence production by the end of 2018. Kapoor’s next release is Rajkumar Hirani’s Sanjay Dutt biopic Sanju on June 29. Kapoor is also shooting for Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra.