Jason Statham is eyeing a return to the comedy genre with the 20th Century Fox project Susan Cooper. The actor has met with writer-director Paul Feig, and negotiations will begin soon.

The story centers on an unlikely female secret agent, played by Melissa McCarthy. If a deal comes together, Jason Statham will play a spy on the same side as the title character.

Paul Feig is directing from his own original screenplay and producing with Jesse Henderson. It isn't known when production will begin.

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Jason Statham, who launched his film career with Guy Ritchie's comedy Lock, Stock, & Two Smoking Barrels, most recently starred in Parker, Redemption, and he will next be seen in Homefront next month. He also stars in the upcoming action sequels Fast & Furious 7 and The Expendables 3.