Jason Statham Could Join Melissa McCarthy In Spy Comedy Susan Cooper
Jason Statham is best known to American audiences for his work in the action genre, starring in movies like Crank, The Transporter, The Expendables and more. But now the British star is being approached about putting those skills to use in a more comedic fashion. According to Deadline, Paul Feig has approached the British star about a role in the upcoming spy comedy Susan Cooper, and it's predicted that negotiations are soon to begin.
Feig is writing the screenplay himself, and it's been said that Martin Campbell's Casino Royale served as a bit of inspiration to him in the scripting. Melissa McCarthy is set to play the titular character, and earlier this week it was reported that her Bridesmaids co-star Rose Byrne is in talks for a role as well. There aren't many details available about the role that Statham would play in the film, but Deadline says that the character plays for the good guys.
While Statham doesn't have a ton of experience in the comedy arena, he does have a couple of stand-out titles on his resume - the most notable being the Guy Ritchie film's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, The films exist on the very, very dark side of the comedy spectrum, but Statham has more than a few funny lines and scenes in each:
Feig may want Statham for his new film, but if he's planning to start production soon he may have to wait for the star's schedule to clear up a bit. While he's completed work on Simon West's Heat, and just wrapped on The Expendables 3, he is now in production on Fast & Furious 7 with Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and the rest of the franchise gang. He will next be starring alongside James Franco in the Sylvester Stallone-scripted thriller Homefront, which will be in theaters on November 27th. You can watch the recently red band trailer below (though know that it definitely isn't safe for work):
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