According to Daniel Richtman‘s Patreon page, British actor-star Jason Statham (Hobbs & Shaw, The Expendables 1-3) might be finally making his jump to comic book movies with Legendary’s Gravel, based on the Warren Ellis comic.
A soldier in the British S.A.S. who uses his skills in dark magic to moonlight and battle supernatural beings for clients in order to make some extra cash.
Daniel has posted a casting grid that has Statham listed for the role of William Gravel and Warren Ellis listed as the film’s most recent screenwriter.
However, the director isn’t mentioned.
Back in 2012, it was reported by Deadline that during the time before Deadpool was greenlit by 20th Century Fox, director Tim Miller was hired by Legendary to direct Gravel but it remains to be seen if Miller is actually going to make the project since he wasn’t listed.
That would be a second Deadpool connection since David Leitch directed Deadpool 2 before working with Jason on the Fast & Furious spinoff Hobbs & Shaw co-starring Dwayne Johnson.
Statham has tried to tackle comic book characters in the past, most notably was once in the mix to play Marvel Comics’ Namor The Sub-Mariner for Universal Pictures and mused the idea of playing Daredevil that got the approval of Frank Miller.
STATHAM: “I took a meeting for Sub-Mariner. I don’t know if I’d look right running around in a tight speedo with wings on my ankles but there’s so many cool fucking characters.”
Other than that basic information we don’t know when or where Legendary plans on shooting Gravel.
Statham most recently shot Guy Ritchie’s crime thriller Cash Truck (a remake of the 2004 French film Le Convoyeur) and is eyeing a return to The Expendables franchise with The Expendables: A Christmas Story.
SOURCE: DANIEL RICHTMAN