Jason Statham played Frank Martin, a highly-trained driver who transports goods with no questions asked, in 2002's The Transporter and its sequels The Transporter 2 and Transporter 3. The reboot will take the story back to the original Transporter's setting of the French Riviera. The story will give more depth to Frank Martin's character, exploring his relationship with his father, a role which EuropaCorp is eyeing for a prominent actor.
Here's what EuropaCorp CEO Christophe Lambert had to say in a statement about their search for the new Frank Martin.
"We searched everywhere to find a fresh face who had the potential to become an action movie star and we've found the right match with Ed Skrein, who's not only a great actor but also has enough charisma and physical stamina to play Frank Martin with brio."
Camille Delamarre (Brick Mansions) is directing from a screenplay by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage (Tower Heist, Accepted). Luc Besson is producing for EuropaCorp, alongside Fundamental Films' Mark Gao. Production will begin this June on a $30 million budget.