In odd replacement news, Woody Harrelson has replaced Jason Statham on the upcoming action-comedy ‘The Man From Toronto’.

Harrelson joins Kevin Hart on the production which is due to start shooting in 6 weeks.

It’s reported Statham turned his back on the picture when Sony refused to make the feature an R-rated comedy which was part of his terms to sign on the dotted line. Sony would rather push for a more generic pic that could stretch over a number of sequels.

Statham who has a talent for turning his action chops into humour had previously starred with Hart in the Fast and Furious spin-off, ‘Hobbs and Shaw’.

The story focuses on a mistaken identity after the world’s deadliest assassin, known as the Man from Toronto, and a New York City screw-up run into each other at an Airbnb. A clash of personalities, and a clash with deadly killers, ensues.

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‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ helmer Patrick Hughes will take the directors chair. Robbie Fox wrote the script from a story by Fox and Jason Blumenthal. Blumenthal is also producing, along with Todd Black and Steve Tisch, his partners at Escape Artists.

Harrelson was last seen in ‘Zombieland 2: Double Tap’ and Roland Emmerich’s ‘Midway’. The actor has also recently wrapped filming his scenes on Sony’s upcoming ‘Venom’ sequel. His other upcoming projects include the feature ‘Triangle of Sadness’ and the TV series ‘The Most Dangerous Man in America’