By: John M Jerva
Update: Deadline is bringing word that Zombieland Star and Oscar Nominee Woody Harrelson has filled the vacant spot that Jason Statham left when he exited Man From Toronto. Harrelson steps in just in time as cameras are set to roll in a few weeks and will now star alongside Kevin Hart in the new action-comedy for Sony Pictures.
(Original Post) Well it looks like we won’t be seeing Jason Statham and Kevin Hart team up for the buddy action-comedy Man From Toronto as Deadline is reporting that the action Star has left the project over creative differences.
Per the site, Statham wanted the film to be R rated action fun with an adult feel while the studio, of course, wanted it to be a family friendly PG-13 family oriented comedy. The film was set to be released next Thanksgiving on November 20th which is a big weekend at the movies to say the least. There were other issues but that was a big one.
It is said that Sony is already reaching out to another actor to fill the role as production was set to commence in six weeks.
In the film, Statham was supposed to play “the world’s deadliest assassin — known as ‘The Man from Toronto’ — who teams up with Teddy, New York’s biggest screw-up, when they are mistaken for each other in a rented Airbnb. The Man from Toronto and Teddy are forced to team up and save the day, but the real question is, will they survive each other?”
Robbie Fox penned the script and Sony is hopefully looking up keep the promo the fast track meaning we could get confirmation of a new lead within days.
Statham also left his talent agency WME after only being there since last year when he left CAA. There is word that Statham is going to headline the fourth Expendables film so here’s looking that he still is on board with that and that it returns to its R rated roots. It’s definitely been a busy week for the action star.
I spoke with MMA legend Randy Couture just this week and he thinks the film will definitely go and he’s seen a script. Lookout for my complete interview with him later this week as we talk his new film Final Kill, The Expendables and more!
Keep it locked and loaded right here for more on this developing situation!