Jason Statham is one of the hardest working actors in the action genre; he played the lead role in three movies last year, reprised his role as Lee Christmas in The Expendables 3 this year, and will portray the antagonist Deckard Shaw in Furious 7 next year. Statham also recently worked with The Expendables 2 director Simon West on Wild Card, a crime thriller based on a novel by acclaimed author William Goldman (who also wrote the screenplay).
Wild Card is a new version of the 1986 Burt Reynolds movie Heat (better known by its subtitle “No, Not That Heat”) and stars Statham as Nick Wild, a Las Vegas bodyguard with gambling problems and a very useful – and lethal – set of combat skills. After taking revenge on behalf of a friend, Nick finds out that he’s unwittingly upset a powerful mob boss and becomes embroiled into a conflict with Lax Vegas’ criminal underworld.
Lionsgate has just set Wild Card for a January 30th 2015 release, and the first two images from the film have been released, one of them via Statham’s Twitter account. They don’t exactly give away much about the plot, but you can never have too many pictures of Jason Statham standing around looking serious (see below).
Wild Card also stars Michael Angarano, Milo Ventimiglia, Dominik García-Lorido, Anne Heche, Stanley Tucci and Sofia Vergara among its supporting cast. The international trailer for Wild Card also landed recently, and shows Ventimiglia sporting a pretty horrible goatee as Danny DeMarco, the son of a mob boss who is targeted by Nick after beating one of his friends. Angarano plays Cyrus Finnick, a meek billionaire who employs Nick for protection and for lessons in how to be a tougher man.
A shot from the upcoming film Wildcard pic.twitter.com/Ls9Ods8vGv— Jason Statham (@realjstatham) November 18, 2014
Despite have largely slipped under the radar so far, Wild Card looks like an entertaining adaptation that will surely benefit from its two-time Oscar winning screenwriter and an excellent supporting cast. January is a pretty dry month for movie releases, so it’s good to have something like this to look forward to.
Wild Card is out in theaters on January 30, 2015.