• Jason Statham is set to team up with Melissa McCarthy in the secret agent comedy Susan Cooper. The action star, best known for roles in high-octane projects like The Transporter and Crank, had been circling the project for some time, but was reportedly weighing other options before committing. Paul Feig, who worked with McCarthy on Bridesmaids and The Heat, is set to direct the pic for 20th Century Fox. Statham will appear next in The Expendables 3 (out Aug. 15). He’s also reprising his role as Ian Shaw in Fast & Furious 7. [Variety] READ FULL STORY
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Sometimes, small quiet towns can turn out to be the most dangerous.
Jason Statham learns that the hard way in the new film Homefront. Statham plays an ex-DEA agent who moves to a rural town to take care of his 10-year-old daughter — and he may have picked the wrong town. James Franco also stars in this modern-day western, written and produced by Sylvester Stallone, as the guy trying to scare Statham off, by any means necessary. Silly James: Haven’t we learned anything from Statham’s previous films? This man can kick some serious ass. And that’s before you put a gun in his hands.
Check out the explosive behind the scenes look below:
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• Idris Elba (Thor: The Dark World) has signed on to star in the thriller Bastille Day, which finds a young artist and a former CIA agent teaming up on an anti-terrorist mission in France. Baran bo Odar (The Silence) is set to direct. Andrew Baldwin (The Outsider) penned the script. Elba can be seen next as Nelson Mandela in the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (out Dec. 18). [Variety]
• Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours), Guy Pearce (Prometheus) and Hugo Weaving (The Hobbit) will all star in the Australian thriller Strangerland, about a couple whose two teenage children go missing in the Australian desert. Kim Farrant will direct the film from a script by Fiona Seres and Michael Kinirons. [THR]
With Walter White out of the business, is James Franco taking the reins? Not exactly. However, in his new film Homefront, Franco plays a meth dealer who doesn’t particularly like the new guy in town: Jason Statham.
In the film’s trailer, we see what happens when Statham, who plays an undercover cop, moves his young daughter to the South on assignment. Here’s a clue: An altercation between Statham’s little girl and a school bully puts Statham on the radar of just about every meth-head in town. Those meth-heads are led by Franco and his wife, played by Kate Bosworth. A lot of broken bones follow (as well as at least one kidnapping). Winona Ryder also stars.
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There’s something you won’t have picked up on in the trailer for Jason Statham’s new film Redemption, the directorial debut of Eastern Promises and Dirty Pretty Things screenwriter Steven Knight in theaters and available On Demand June 28. Statham’s character — a drunk, haunted, homeless ex-Special Forces soldier who cleans himself up to avenge the death of a young woman — realizes he’s literally stumbled into the temporarily vacant apartment of a gay photographer (framed male nudes on the walls tip him off) and poses as one of the man’s boyfriends when the neighbors bust him housesitting.
Our exclusive clip below, featuring one of those neighbors, hints at something that the trailer does, however, tease: Statham’s character develops feelings for a nun (Polish actress Agata Buzek), who helps him along the way.
You may feel guilty rooting for them to get together at first, but when her backstory is revealed, it could help. “They’re from two extremely different places, and yet they share something very dark and secretive, which brings them so close,” Statham tells EW. “At the end of the day, they know that it’s a fleeting moment, but there’s something quite romantic about it too. It’s like two ships that pass in the night. Steve Knight said to me, ‘It’s like you get on an Underground train, and you sit next to somebody, and you could tell them your deepest, darkest secret because you know you’ll never see them again. Whereas if you know you’re gonna see somebody, it’s hard to confide in them because they may judge you. A total stranger won’t ever judge you. They’ll be gone.'”
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Jason Statham knows he’s taking a bit of a risk with Redemption, the directorial debut of Eastern Promises and Dirty Pretty Things screenwriter Steven Knight in theaters and available On Demand June 28.
He stars as an ex-Special Forces soldier, Joey Jones, who drowns his guilt over a traumatic tour in Afghanistan with alcohol as a homeless veteran in London. When the young woman he shares a box with goes missing, Joey finds a reason to rehabilitate himself — to find her killer and avenge her death.There is some ass-kicking along the way as Joey’s skills are exploited by his new employer, but there’s also man tears. Lots of them, in fact, in the scene when Joey finally reveals why he’s hit the bottle. “You don’t know if people want to see you that way,” Statham says, with a laugh. “‘You’re not supposed to cry, you’re supposed to beat people up.’ Well, you can have all of that: You can have me beatin’ people up, and you can have me showing a sensitive side. [Joey's] not a weak man. He’s been hurt. Most guys, tough or not, hide emotions. I know a lot of tough guys, they’re just as weak as the next man, but they don’t show it. It’s just how much are you prepared to show? I think we’re all in tune with pain and how vulnerable we are when certain things get to us, and it’s just are you prepared to give that up? I’m not gonna be doing it in every movie,” he adds, laughing again. “It worked for that one.”
Spoiler alert: Odds are he won’t be crying in Fast & Furious 7, though Statham won’t say anything about the film other than he will be in it (presumably as the brother of Luke Evans’ now-dead Owen Shaw). “I’m sworn to secrecy. You know what they’re like. Universal will kill me if I say anything. They really will,” he insists. “People think I’m gonna play the bad guy. People think I’m gonna be the villain. People don’t really know what’s comin’, and I think there’s something exciting about that. People are just dying to know what extent and what involvement I’m going to have in the movie. I think all good things come to those who wait.” READ FULL STORY
George Clooney and Meryl Streep will be among the presenters at Sunday night’s 70th annual Golden Globe Awards.
In addition, the presenters include: Kerry Washington, Nathan Fillion, Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, Kristen Wiig, Jeremy Renner, Amanda Seyfried and Will Ferrell. Smash‘s Debra Messing is also reportedly set to take the stage as well, according to a tweet from the Today show.
Lincoln leads the Golden Globe nominations with seven nods, while Django Unchained scored five noms. On the TV front, Showtime’s Homeland and the HBO movie Game Change topped the nominees, though there were plenty of surprises, including a Best Television Series — Comedy Or Musical nod for Smash.
Hosted by comediennes Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the ceremony airs this Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Simon West knows action, having directed the likes of Con Air, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and this year’s The Expendables 2, and now he’s set to direct another action thriller: a remake of the 1986 film Heat.
Jason Statham will take on the starring role played by Burt Reynolds in the original, Sierra/Affinity announced Thursday. The company is handling international sales for the film. Statham and Steven Chasman for SJ Pictures will produce, with Quad Films (The Intouchables, Heart Breaker) co-producing. Cory Yuen, who directed Statham in 2002’s The Transporter, will come on board as the movie’s action director/fight choreographer. The script is a modern version of the original, written by Oscar winner William Goldman, who wrote Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid and All the President’s Men, based on his own novel. Principle photography will begin next February.
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