According to Crime Spree Cinema, Jason Statham has joined the film adaptation of author Ken Bruen's popular novel Blitz. He will be playing Brant, a crude, un-PC, borderline sociopath cop. Paddy Considine has joined the film as well, playing Sergeant Porter Nash, an openly gay cop that must work with the homophobic Brant.
Here is the synopsis: The South East London police squad are down and out. Detective Sergeant Brant is in hot water for assaulting a police shrink, Chief Inspector Roberts' wife has died in a horrific car accident, and WPC Falls is still figuring out how to navigate her job as a black female investigator in the notorious unit. When a serial killer takes his show on the road, things get worse for all three. Nicknamed "The Blitz" by the rabid London media, the killer is aiming for tabloid immortality by killing cops in different beats around the city.
Blitz will be released in 2010. About the casting choice, author Bruen stated, "I think Jason Statham will really step up to the plate for Brant. He's been looking for a part to make his own and I think this is it." Filming starts this august.