Take the following casting rumor with a pinch of salt.

British tabloid TheSun claims that action star Jason Statham will be returning to his roots by taking a role in Guy Ritchie’s next film, which they claim will begin shooting in weeks.

Sources close to Statham say he is the lead in Ritchie’s new revenge thriller, due to start filming in the coming weeks.

We’re considering this simply a rumor for the time being.

Jason got his first serious acting gig thanks to Guy Ritchie, who gave him a supporting role in Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels. After that, Jason got his massive breakout role in Guy’s Snatch opposite Brad Pitt which essentially launched his action star career.

The pair haven’t worked together since Revolver, which was a critical and financial flop for Guy.

DiscussingFilm first reported that Guy is in talks with Miramax to write and direct a feature film titled Vigilance.

Will follow an American who has fallen on hard times who then starts a job at a London armored car company and works her way into the confidence of a tight-knit heist crew.

We’ve learned that the project happens to be a remake of the 2004 French film Le Convoyeur and originally was going to be produced by Joel Silver (produced Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes films and RocknRolla) with Oscar-winner Sandra Bullock (Gravity, The Blind Side) attached to star back in 2017.

The Joel Silver project having the exact synopsis posted by DiscussingFilm this week.

Yesterday, HN Entertainment was able to confirm the film’s title will, in fact, be Cash Truck (a title previously used for Vigilance) and that Ritchie has closed his deal with Miramax as filming is expected to begin before the end of the year in England.

Also, cinematographer Alan Stewart is confirmed as well, previously working alongside Guy on the billion-dollar hit Aladdin and his upcoming gangster flick The Gentlemen.

Statham was recently in the box office hit Hobbs and Shaw, a spinoff of the Fast and Furious franchise co-starring Dwayne Johnson.

The Gentlemen is set to be released on January 24th, 2020.

THE GENTLEMEN follows American expat Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey) who built a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he’s looking to cash out of the business forever it triggers plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his domain out from under him (featuring an all-star ensemble cast including Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong, Eddie Marsan, Colin Farrell, and Hugh Grant).

SOURCE: THE SUN

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