Ah Jason Statham, love him or hate him, you cannot deny that he is one of Britain’s most recognisable and fun actors. After his debut in Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels back in 1998, he has gone from strength to strength. Yes, all he seems to do these days are action films with the same uniquely British one-liners, the same grumpy face and the same monkey walk, but that’s why we love him right!
Statham is set to star in… wait for it… another action thriller, this time penned by his Expendables buddy Sylvester Stallone. only this time he has a real dangerous enemy on his hands, James Franco! James Franco has become a worldclass actor after terrific roles in Rise of the Planet of the Apes and 127 Hours, and just might prove a little tricky for Statham, so with any luck Homefront should be a belter.
Millennium Films has been behind Stallone and Statham films for a while now, and they will also be releasing Homefront. This will be Franco’s first film with Millennium, and I have no doubt that he will lap up the chance to not only play a villain, but enjoy some on-screen banter with Statham’s hard as nails persona.
In the film, Statham will play ex-DEA agent Phil Broker who moves his family to a quiet town to escape his past. However, this is Statham, he is not allowed a quiet life, and in the new quiet town he has moved to lives a ruthless meth kingpin by the name of Gator (what a terrific name!), and this Gator fella will be played by James Franco, and he runs the town. Statham, obviously, won’t stand for that and the stage will be set for a showdown between Gator and Broker, and I can’t wait!
Gary Fleder (Runway Jury) is set to direct.
By Matt Wavish