Manly star Gopichand has been struggling for success. His last outing Pantham ended up as an average box-office grosser. The actor has been on a break and is busy with the script work of his next films that will roll early next year. There have been wide speculations that Gopichand is considered for the remake of 96 but the actor is said to have rejected the offer. Gopichand loved the film but showed no interest to play the lead role.
He rejected the offer and top producer Dil Raju started his hunt back for the lead actor. The top producer acquired the remake rights of 96 long ago but he has been struggling to find the lead actor. Allu Arjun, Nani and Sharwanand watched 96 in private screenings but rejected playing the lead role. Trisha has been finalized as the lead actress and Prem Kumar who directed the original will direct the remake.