Jason Statham is adding yet another “many British action-hero” role to his resume, with a remake of The Mechanic. Stepping into the shoes of the legendary Charles Bronson, Statham plays a veteran hitman who decides to take on an apprentice so he can retire knowing his “good work” is still being carried out.

Joining Statham is Ben Foster (playing said apprentice) and Donald Sutherland (playing Foster’s father and Statham’s handler). The film is being directed by Simon West, whose films will probably be familiar to fans of brainless action flicks (Con Air, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider).

Today we have the first ever trailer for The Mechanic. The movie is still in the filming stages but this is an early teaser to wet our appetites. Take a look, thanks to Trailer Addict (it could be considered to be SPOILERIFIC, although only slightly):

As I said awhile back, Statham may not be a match for Charles Bronson (but let’s face it, who is?). However, they certainly could have done a lot worse as far as actors for this remake. Ben Foster is building a great career for himself: he has been on my radar ever since I first saw him in the Bruce Willis thriller Hostage and in other projects like HBO’s Six Feet Under and the Western 3:10 To Yuma (he nearly stole the show from Russell Crowe and Christian Bale).

Although the trailer may give away a bit too much (unless the betrayal of Foster’s character becomes a part of the story very early on), it looks like mindless fun that mixes Leon: The Professional and The Transporter movies.

What do you think of The Mechanic trailer?

The film has a release date of December 15th, 2010.

Source: Trailer Addict (via Film Junk)