Jason Statham Replaces Daniel Craig in ‘Layer Cake’ Sequel ‘Viva La Madness’

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Jason Statham in The Transporter1 Jason Statham Replaces Daniel Craig in Layer Cake Sequel Viva La Madness

Matthew Vaughn’s 2004 gangster movie Layer Cake is well worth a watch by anyone who hasn’t seen it yet, but it’s notable for a few reasons other than its colorful characters and fast-paced plot. Layer Cake was Vaughn’s debut feature before going on to direct the likes of Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class. Its star, Daniel Craig, went on to become the new James Bond (in large part because of his performance in Layer Cake). Even supporting player Tom Hardy would go on to play Bane in The Dark Knight Rises and Max Rockatansky in the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road.

In short, Layer Cake is one of those cult favorites that is also enjoyable as a “before they were famous” film. But there is one final factor that makes it stand out from the crowd: it’s one of the apparently few modern British gangster movies that did not star Jason Statham in some capacity. Luckily for Statham fans, that situation is going to be rectified in the upcoming sequel, Viva La Madness.

Layer Cake was based on the debut novel by author J.J. Connolly and the sequel was published only last year, so it’s actually taken only a relatively short time for an adaptation to be put into development. Statham bought the film rights to Viva La Madness with his producing partner Steve Chasman, and Deadline reports that the Expendables star intends to take over the role of Layer Cake‘s unnamed protagonist.

Daniel Craig in Layer Cake Jason Statham Replaces Daniel Craig in Layer Cake Sequel Viva La Madness

Viva La Madness follows the continued attempts of “XXXX” to find somewhere nice to retire from the life of crime and live out the rest of his days in the comfort of his ill-gotten wealth. As Layer Cake proved, however, this is easier said than done and he is quickly drawn into an international conflict involving Venezuelan drug cartels and the lowlifes of London.

Statham is currently hard at work on the set of Fast & Furious 7 and is reportedly in talks for a role in odd couple spy comedy Susan Cooper, but beyond that his official schedule is relatively clear. This means that we could potentially see¬†Viva La Madness on the big screen sooner rather than later, but there’s no telling how long Statham will want or need to keep it¬†cooking for.

Since there’s no director currently attached, tell us in the comments who you think would be best suited at the helm of this sequel to Vaughn’s cult hit.


Viva La Madness is still in early development, but we’ll keep you updated on any further news.

Source: Deadline

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  1. In my world there is no sequal. No Daniel Craig, no XXXX!

  2. Michael Uluan

    Tristan Kilmer

  3. Daniel Delgado

    Alonso Rodriguez TSSSSSSS .. well that sucks

  4. Alonso Rodriguez


  5. Layer Cake and RocknRolla … two films you can’t go wrong with. Hopefully this one lives up to its well-crafted predecessor.

    Any word why Craig didn’t come back? I can’t imagine his asking price is much higher than Statham’s.

  6. Anthony-Gideon Tan

    they can’t afford Daniel Craig.

  7. Bruce Jackson

    Look says “best put the piece down before I slap you.”

  8. James Justsun Jr.

    wait. so he lived?…

  9. Instant drop in quality. Direct to video?

  10. The movie didn’t need a sequel. Not even a sequel novel. The ending was so great that it was unanswered if XXXX died or not. Now we know he did

  11. NO

  12. Austin Conner Williamson

    But…Daniel Craig was the best part of “Layer Cake”. Why must they do this?!

  13. Love the concept why call it the same just rename a new spin. Kinda like a genre type thing. #lockstock2smokingbarrels #snatch bam nailed it.

    • James Justsun Jr.

      gotta read the article. new name – “viva la madness.” same concept..

  14. So the Layer Cake sequel will be another Transporter-esque film?

  15. In the novel, the protagonist is actually a lot more like Jason Statham though. It would be more like a reboot sequel, if you ask me.

  16. So he didn’t die?

    • Tech in the books he never died and there WAS a sequel but the way the film ended I thought they don’t NEED a sequel.

  17. Joseph Kasak

    Dude died at the end.

    • The guy that shot him at the end is now Craig’s new Q in his latest Bond film.

  18. That sounds like a considerable drop off.

  19. Layer Cake is awesome and did not need a sequel, this is stupid.

  20. Riley Goss

    The cake is a lie.

  21. Kal Tourette


  22. Paramveer Singh

    Saheb Singh…ooooooo bccccccc

  23. Sean McNally

    I can see that. Funky.

  24. Carlos

  25. No Craig,No Vaughn? No interest. Sorry but this osunds liek a case of milking in on the (re-newed) popularity of the film. I love the film(it’s one of my all time favs) but if they where to make a sequel it would need Vaughn AND Craig back(for one) and TWO would have to NOT be a direct sequel. In short This shouldn’t happen.

  26. The King is dead. Long live the King.

  27. It’s more like taking over, seeing Daniel Craig’s character dies.

  28. Tony Cowell

    Oh wow. Damn I need to re-watch that movie.

  29. downgrade