Jason Statham has boarded the action thriller The Killer Elite, based on Ranulph Fiennes' bestseller "The Feathermen."

According to Variety, the film will be directed by commercials director Gary McKendry.

Based on real events, the story 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.

Production will begin in the fall in London, Paris and Australia.