Clive Owen Joins Jason Statham in The Killer Elite

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 16th, 2013 at 12:09 am,

It would seem the action movie gods have shined upon me today, providing some potentially awesome material for my first post here at Screen Rant.

We’ve known for a while that British action star Jason Statham is set to star in an upcoming thriller called The Killer Elite. The film is based on Ranulph Fiennes’ novel “The Feathermen,” and follows “a group of former British special forces members who are being hunted by assassins. Statham will play a former Navy Seal who is forced out of retirement to save his closest friend.” Now The Daily Mail is reporting fellow Englishman Clive Owen has joined the cast, presumably as the friend to Statham’s character.

The last few years of Owen’s career have been interesting; he starred in the critically acclaimed Children of Men, Inside Man, and Sin City, but has also shown up in some questionable films like Derailed and The International. There have also been some strange projects along the way – Shoot ‘Em Up, anyone? – and recently it seems as if Owen has lost a bit of the edginess so wonderfully displayed in films like BMW’s The Hire series. Perhaps joining forces with the reigning bad-ass of Great Britain will rejuvenate him a bit.

Statham has carved out a niche for himself as a genuine action star, ushering in a new breed of post-John McClane era heroes with a mixture of martial arts and tough guy machismo. It only helps his case that he does most of his own stunts (including driving) in the Transporter series and films like The Bank Job and Crank, and I would be hard pressed to find someone with an equal command over the genre as he has now. His upcoming role in Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables, perhaps the most insane collaboration of action stars past and present, is proof positive of Statham’s position in the hallowed halls of action stars.

This new collaboration of the two actors will see a return to characters similar to those they’ve both played before. Statham, an ex-Navy Seal in The Killing Elite, played ex-special forces soldier Frank Martin in The Transporter and its two sequels. Owen has also tread this familiar ground, himself playing an assassin in The Bourne Identity.

The Killing Elite was previously scheduled to begin production last fall, but supposedly the filmmakers have chosen to shoot the film in Australia sometime this year. No word yet on the official start date for the project.

Here’s the part where I toss the conversation to you. Are you excited for The Killing Elite? Does the prospect of Statham and Owen side by gun-toting side have your action glands salivating? Let us know in the comments section.

Source: The Daily Mail (via The Playlist)

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  1. Clive Owen was born to play James Bond.

  2. Congratulations Ben!!

  3. This is a good pairing. The choice of pics for both Statham and Owen together shows what this duo can really dish out in this project.
    I am excited.

  4. It’s not a remake of the Sam Peckinpah-directed film which was starred by James Caan and Robert Duvall,but also another example of awesome pairing.Statham was actually already attached to this project since last summer, shooting was supposed to start last fall. But now it is gonna be delayed for some time later.

    smart lipo

  5. Agreed. Craig does a good job, but I always thought they'd choose Clive after Brosnan was done.

  6. I have no problem with Craig either, it is the writing that lets him down. I remeber there was talk of Owen taking over the role after Brosnan, but he would only do two movies and wanted a percentage of the total gross. So they went with Craig.

  7. Wow, two decent dependable actors further cementing themselves as “type-casts”.

    Me thinks we're just a few films away from seeing them play some family friendly movie like Schwarzenegger, The Rock and Vin Diesel…Pity:(

  8. Thanks!

  9. Awesome first article indeed! Solid casting!

  10. You sure?

  11. I thought the same was really looking forward to Clive being 007 until I saw 'Casino Royale'. I walked out a die hard Craig fan.

  12. I cannot wait!!I really like Jason and I think the pairing is brillent.Now all
    they need is Gerry Butler,NOW that would be a movie.
    P.SI liked Shoot 'Em Up.

  13. This is awesome news. I like both Statham and Owen ('Shoot Em Up' was brilliant, btw). And I agree with Mike, if they get Butler… omgomgomgomg!

  14. This is awesome news. I like both Statham and Owen ('Shoot Em Up' was brilliant, btw). And I agree with Mike, if they get Butler… omgomgomgomg!

  15. You can add Lachy Hulme to the cast.

  16. I have been waiting for these two to be put in a film together for 3 years. The only other movie they both appear in was The Pink Panther but Jason’s only in the beginning and Clive appears briefly further in. I am looking forward to this movie – I’m a fan of both guys!

  17. Sorry but why is Statham playing a Navy Seal!!?? He can’t do any accent other than London British. Pandering to the US market presumably, rubbish.

  18. Heck yes. Def wanna see this movie. Jason and clive act best in action movies. All the movies they played in so far I’ve like. Love them