‘Transporter’ Reboot Replaces Jason Statham with ‘Game of Thrones’ Actor Ed Skrein

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The 2002 film
The Transporter saw Jason Statham stake his claim as possibly the best bald action star since Bruce Willis (well, maybe tied with Vin Diesel). After making a big impression in Guy Ritchie’s first two films (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch), he would go on to define his career with the Transporter and Crank action franchises, and audiences are now used to seeing the release of at least one Statham action film per year.

The first three Transporter movies, written and produced by Taken mastermind Luc Besson, became bigger and bigger hits around the world, with The Transporter 3 cracking $108 million globally. And while the Cinemax spin-off Transporter: The Series was not a hit, TNT will be airing that show this fall. This could be a nice way to keep the property front and center as Besson’s EuropaCorp reboots the franchise, with that installment named Transporter 4.

Statham won’t be returning, but now we know who has been tapped to take over the role of Frank Martin: according to VarietyBritish actor Ed Skrein is the new lead. Skrein has a handful of credits but is best known to audiences at large for playing Daario Naharis during season 3 of Game of Thrones, a mercenary in the employ of the Silver Queen, Daenerys Targaryen. The role has been recast for the upcoming Season 4, with Nashville‘s Michiel Huisman taking over.

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As for why EuropaCorp ultimately went with Skrein, CEO Christophe Lambert had this to say:

“We searched everywhere to find a fresh face who had the potential to become an action movie star and we’ve found the right match with Ed Skrein, who’s not only a great actor but also has enough charisma and physical stamina to play Frank Martin with brio.”

Much of the plot of Transporter 4 is still a mystery at this point, but we know a few things. The reboot will be set in the French Riviera (as in the first film), and writers Bill Collage and Adam Cooper (Tower Heist) “have given more depth” to the role of Frank Martin. Transporter 4 will also introduce audiences to Frank’s father, who has yet to be cast but will supposedly be played by “a prominent thesp.” The reboot will be directed by Camille Delamarre, who helmed Paul Walker’s final completed film, Brick Mansions, and edited Taken 2.

With the first three films’ international settings and loose plots held together by over-the-top action sequences, it’s not much of a surprise that EuropaCorp has already pre-sold the reboot in the Middle East and several European markets, with Mark Gao’s Fundamental Films to distribute in China.

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Jason Statham as ‘The Transporter’

Skrein’s rough charm fit in well with the Game of Thrones TV universe, but many fans of the books were not happy with his portrayal of Daario, whose literary counterpart was less pretty and more of a swaggering peacock and land pirate.

Still, Skrein immediately stood out in the role, and given the favorable reviews for his turn in the 2012 crime drama Ill Manors, it appears that this is Skrein’s time to step into the spotlight. He’ll have to really put his stamp on the role of Frank Martin in order to fill the void left by Statham’s charisma and prominent brow, but we do know Skrein can handle himself in a fight.

Stay tuned for more as details emerge.

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The Transporter 4 begins production in June 2014

Source: Variety

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  1. Why would he leave a show and make them recast a character (which is usually annoying to most audiences, though I don’t have a problem with it for the most part) to play in a movie remake that will probably be ass.

    • Yeah, I’m glad he left though and without Statham, I won’t watch The Transporter either so sorry Ed, interest has diminished completely.

      • Why reboot Transporter and call it Transporter 4? Just make it a whole new trilogy and don’t call the guy Frank Martin. No Statham should mean no Frank.

    • Tell me about it. If I didn’t know the characters by name, I’d be as lost as some of my other friends. The only recast character they knew right off was the mountain, and that’s because he was the obvious one. Every one else I’ve had to explain and it’s getting to the point where I’m getting sick of seeing changing faces every season- and I love the show.

  2. Excellent choice

  3. Now I’m definitely not watching this movie.

  4. I’ll pass on this one I think.

  5. I will skip it or compare it and if I dont like it then I wont watch 5 and 6 then.

  6. Well this is definitely going to be bad. Ed Skrein is terrible. Glad he’s not on GoT anymore.

  7. Lol at all the haters. I think haters are more worried that Skrein will knock it out of the park in this role. Statham has become a caricature of himself and the Transporter movies were NOT that great to begin with. If the script is solid the execution may follow.

    I may tune into to this one if the trailer is decent

  8. why the hell are they rebooting the transporter anyway? :/

  9. don’t they have a tv series already?

  10. Why would we need another Reboot of Transporter? hollywoods already ran out of original ideas? nothing will ever be good as the original.

  11. without statham I wont watch the movie.

  12. movie will be trash without statham

  13. what a hideous decision