Jason Statham and his producing partner Steve Chasman have acquired the rights to J.J. Connolly's 2011 novel Viva la Madness!, a follow-up to his hit novel and adaptation Layer Cake. The actor will play the same nameless protagonist that Daniel Craig played in Layer Cake. Here's the novel's official description.

"From the many levels of the London underworld portrayed in Layer Cake, Viva La Madness! moves to international crime with trans-Atlantic drug deals, money laundering and high-tech electronic fraud, portrayed with the same uncanny believability. The anonymous hero of Layer Cake is pulled back into the drug game before he can escape to a sunny retirement: in an authentic but dazzling combination of London low-life, Caribbean high-life and Venezuelan drug cartels toting machine-guns in Mayfair. The brilliance and the madness is back: 'Viva la madness!'"

J.J. Connolly is writing the screenplay adaptation of his own novel, like he did with 2005's Layer Cake. No production schedule was given.

Jason Statham will next be seen in Homefront later this month, with action sequels Fast & Furious 7 and The Expendables 3 hitting theaters next year.