The 'Homefront' actor will take on the male lead role left vacant in the upcoming movie by the James Bond depicter.
With Daniel Craig gearing up for "Bond 24", it seems unlikely for him to reprise his role in the upcoming "Layer Cake" sequel. According to Deadline, Jason Statham is set to replace the "Cowboys and Aliens" actor in "Viva La Madness".
Statham and his producing partner Steve Chasman have obtained the rights to J.J. Connolly's crime novel which the screenplay will be based on. The "Parker" star is expected to play the same nameless character who was trying to dodge the bullet at the end of the first film.
In the next chapter, the man is looking for a quiet place on a beach to live. But his retirement plan is ruined when he gets involved with trans-Atlantic drug deals, money laundering, high-tech electronic fraud, London lowlifes and Venezuelan drug cartels.
The first film supported by Sienna Miller, Tom Hardy and Ben Whishaw was released in 2004 with Matthew Vaughn as the director.
Statham was last seen in "Hummingbird" released this June and will next appear in "Homefront" due in the U.S. on November 27. He lines up "Fast and Furious 7", "Heat" and "The Expendables 3" for next year's releases.