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If you’re one of the fans waiting to see how well The Transporter series weathers the loss of its star, Jason Statham, you don’t have much longer to wait to find out. The Transporter Refueled, with replacement Frank Martin, Ed Skrein (Game of Thrones, Deadpool), roars into theaters early next month, and this quick new trailer is full of fast cars and intense action. You’d expect nothing less.
From what we see here in this latest trailer, Skrein looks like he handles himself well taking over the role made famous by Statham, at least the physical elements of the part. He can certainly take care of himself when it comes to throwing down with a room full of stock goons, and he fills out a that sleek black suit nicely. One thing Statham brought to the part, however, was a cocky charm and a dry sense of humor, which, aside from kicking ass up and down the frame, is a big part of what drew people to these movies in the first place. There’s not much of that to be seen here, and while that could very well be because this video is just over a minute long, the absence is enough to make you wonder.
Once again, Frank Martin puts his unique set of skills behind the wheel to profitable use, renting out his services to elements of the criminal underworld so they can complete their various nefarious tasks. And once again, it appears that this line of work has him in a bit of hot water. After three movies you’d think he might have learned a thing or two, but apparently not. But he still has his rules: never change the deal, no names, never open the package. We’ll see how long those last.
This time around, the sultry Anna (Loan Chabanol) hires Frank to do a job, but as it turns out, he’s getting played. Anna and three cohorts have kidnapped his father (Ray Stevenson) in an attempt to get Frank to help take down a vicious group of Russian human traffickers. Looking to save dear old dad, and for a spot of revenge, he will once again tear all across the exotic French Riviera locale leaving a cloud of exhaust and burnt rubber in his wake.
Originally titled The Transporter Legacy, Refueled was initially conceived by franchise mastermind Luc Besson, who has a writing credit on this script, as the starting point of a fresh new trilogy. That was first announced at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013, so we’ll have to wait and see how this performs to know if we’ll get more.
After being pushed back from March to June to next month, The Transporter Refueled is finally almost upon us, and it hits theaters September 4.