Action-man Jason Statham is to reunite with his ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ director Guy Ritchie on a remake of the French thriller ‘Le Convoyeur’.
Statham will play a cold and mysterious character who works for an armoured truck company responsible for moving hundreds of millions of dollars around Los Angeles each week. The original movie, known as ‘Cash Truck,’ in English starred Jean Dujardin and Albert Dupontel.
Ritchie and Statham worked together on the 1998 crime comedy movie ‘Lock, Stock’ which was written and directed by Ritchie. The film followed Eddy (Nick Moran) who convinces three friends to pool funds for a high-stakes poker game against local crime boss Hatchet Harry (P.H. Moriarty). Harry cheats and Eddy loses, giving him a week to pay back 500,000 pounds or hand over his father’s pub. Desperate, Eddy and his friends wait for their neighbours to rob some drug dealers, then rob the robbers in turn. After both thefts, the number of interested criminal parties increases, with the four friends in dangerously over their heads. Statham played the character of Bacon and also starred alongside Jason Flemyng, Dexter Fletcher, Steven Mackintosh, Vinnie Jones, and Sting.
“I’m looking forward to bringing this story to life and working with Jason while he still has the use of his knees,” Ritchie said.
Statham was last seen in the ‘Fast and Furious’ spin-off, ‘Hobbs and Shaw’ alongside Dwayne Johnson, Idris Elba and Vanessa Kirby. He is also rumoured to be attached to the sequel ‘Spy 2’
Ritchie’s last project saw him team up with Disney for the live-action reboot of ‘Aladdin’, His next feature ‘The Gentleman’ promises to see Ritchie going back to his Lock, Stock roots and also comprises an all-star cast of Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong, Eddie Marsan, Colin Farrell, and Hugh Grant.