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The one person more excited than fans for Colin Trevorrow’s sequel Jurassic World is Chris Pratt. The Lego Movie and Guardians of the Galaxy star has been confirmed as one of the film’s leads and, in a new interview, he talks about how the film ties into the original three, and some specifics of his character. It’s vague, but more than we’ve heard about the film in some time. Below, read about that as well as the following:

  • Jason Statham signs for The Mechanic 2
  • …but not Transporter 4, which is an origin story reboot.

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Jason Statham

Matthew Vaughn‘s Layer Cake was instrumental in helping Daniel Craig land the iconic role of James Bond, but nowadays Craig is so busy 007-ing that he presumably doesn’t have time for the sequel. So he’s being replaced with another glowering British badass. Jason Statham and his manager / producing partner Steve Chasman have picked up the rights to J.J. Connolly‘s book Viva La Madness, the follow-up to his Layer Cake. Hit the jump for plot details on the new story and more.

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Jason Statham

Briefly: Jason Statham is best known as an action guy, but some of his earliest roles had a heavy touch of comedy to them. He was good at it, too — the very charisma that makes him bankable as an action star has its roots in those partially comic roles. I’m surprised he’s been away from explicitly comic work for a while, though there’s no doubt that many of his action films have a definite undercurrent of humor; it’s just not as thick as you’ll find in, say, Snatch.

Now Statham is in talks for a supporting role in Susan Cooper, the film that will re-team Bridesmaids and The Heat director Paul Feig and star Melissa McCarthy. She’ll be “a bumbling secret agent” and he’ll be a spy on her side of the national fence. Which probably means he’ll be the straight man, which is a role he’ll be very ably equipped to play.  [Deadline]

Homefront

James Franco got pretty weird in Spring Breakers earlier this year, but Alien is a big old teddy bear compared to the unhinged meth kingpin he plays in Homefront. He’s so scary, in fact, that Jason Statham may be the only man who can take him down.

The Gary Fleder-directed, Sylvester Stallone-scripted thriller follows a former DEA agent who retires to a quiet rural community to start a new life with his daughter. But the peace is soon disturbed when he discovers the town’s secret, and the town discovers one of his. A new red-band trailer has hit, and you can check it out after the jump.

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The more that’s slowly revealed about James Wan‘s Fast and Furious 7, the more excited I’m getting for the film. Last year we heard Jason Statham was going to be the main bad guy in the film, then Kurt Russell was cast, Djimon Hounsou joined up, and a few weeks ago fans went nuts when Tokyo Drift star Lucas Black joined tying the whole franchise together.

Wan has also been building anticipation through his Twitter feed, @CreepyPuppet, and the latest photo is the best yet. It’s an Aston Martin driven by the film’s villain. Read More »

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In most respects, Gary Fleder‘s Homefront sounds like a pretty typical action thriller. Jason Statham stars as a retired DEA agent, who moves to a small, quiet town for the sake of his young daughter. Once there, however, he quickly gets entangled with the local villain, a drug lord played by… James Franco. Wait, what?

It’s an oddball combination for sure, but it’s also an effective one in that it got our attention right away. In addition to those two, Kate Bosworth, Winona Ryder, and Rachelle Lefevre also star. Oh, and Sylvester Stallone wrote the script based on book by Chuck Logan. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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The Expendables 2 (header)

The Expendables 2 came out a year ago and, since then, rumors about its sequel have popped up almost weekly. Many actors have been rumored, and some confirmed: Cage, Seagal, Snipes, Gibson, Ford, you name it.

Well, The Expendables 3, directed by Patrick Hughes, began production Monday and the full cast list for the film has finally been revealed. Most of this has been reported already but, just so you have it all in one place, check out the list below, along with a new plot description. Read More »

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Feast your eyes on posters for Riddick, Planes, and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters in today’s Sequel Bits. Also after the jump:

  • Brad Pitt thinks a World War Z sequel has potential
  • Jerry Bruckheimer talks Pirates 5 and Top Gun 2
  • Don’t believe those Transformers 4 title rumors, says Michael Bay
  • Jason Statham is “really excited” about Fast & Furious 7
  • Stephen King is too scared to write an It sequel
  • … but you can see the book trailer for The Shining sequel now

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