Jason Statham set to star in noir thriller Parker

For director Taylor Hackford

Jason Statham is set to take the title role in Parker, a noir thriller from Taylor Hackford.

The film will be adapted from Donald Westlake's series of novels, which has previously inspired films like Point Blank (and remake Payback) and The Outfit.

Parker is a career criminal who's not averse to killing when the need arises, but he does live by his own moral code which includes a Robin Hood-esque rule of only robbing from those who can afford it (he doesn't give to the poor though).

The character (never given a first name) featured in 24 of Westlake's novels, so this is another Statham vehicle that has franchise potential.

Some of the action man's recent action output has been a bit 'meh' (The Mechanic didn't set anyone's world on fire), so it'll be interesting to see what he does under the watch of a director like Hackford.

On this change of pace, Hackford says: "I don't want to get stuck in a genre. What I like the most about this piece of material is that you can take a genre piece like this and turn it into a great movie."

Hackford directed Jamie Foxx to an Oscar in Ray; will he tap into hitherto undiscovered depths in The Stath?

It'll certainly be an experience to see how Statham works with a more character-focused helmer, and at least we know he's got the unique gravelly tones for the noir voiceover.

Does Parker sound like the perfect character for Statham? Reckon he's ready to take on something a little more character-heavy? Talk to us below...


    • stinkydropkick

      Apr 22nd 2011, 15:17

      I hope to holy hell they don't have him do his "american", this could be awesome if he goes native.

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