No Jason Statham for 'Transporter 4'

'The Transporter' franchise will continue at full speed but without its original star driver, Jason Statham.

Luc Besson and EuropaCorp announced plans to move forward with three new Transporter movies.

However, the hit franchise's new installments will not feature star Jason Statham. Transporter 4 and its anticipated sequels will reboot the series and delve into the backstory of lead character Frank Martin, including his relationship with his father.

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Jason Statham in 'The Transporter'

Luc Besson and EuropaCorp announced plans to move forward with three new Transporter movies.

However, the hit franchise's new installments will not feature star Jason Statham. Transporter 4 and its anticipated sequels will reboot the series and delve into the backstory of lead character Frank Martin, including his relationship with his father.

Variety reports Game of Thrones actor Ed Skrein will take on the role of young Frank Martin. EuropaCorp CEO Christophe Lambert praised Skrein's acting chops, saying, "We searched everywhere to find a fresh face who had the potential to become an action movie star, and we've found the right match with Ed Skrein, who's not only a great actor but also has enough charisma and physical stamina to play Frank Martin with brio."

The first Transporter film hauled in just over $40 million, the second north of $85 million and the third, which was directed by Olivier Megaton, an impressive $108.9 million.

Fans won't have to wait long to see the latest iteration of the franchise. TNT is moving forward with a television adaptation of the show, which previously appeared on Cinemax. It is set to air this upcoming season.

"[The show] is a roller-coaster ride with big-screen action, fantastic locations and an extremely charismatic lead in Chris Vance," said Michael Wright, head of programming for TNT, TBS and TCM.

Fans looking for a Statham fix will have to wait for the newly announced sequel to The Mechanic or the forthcoming Fast and Furious 7.


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