ed skrein Game Of Thrones & Ill Manors Star Ed Skrein To Lead The Transporter Reboot

Variety bring word that ‘Game of Thrones’ (Daario Naharis) star Ed Skrein is set to succeed Jason Statham in the reboot of the ‘Transporter’ franchise. Skrein previously starred in Ben “Plan B” Drew’s critically acclaimed crime drama ‘Ill Manors.’ “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 (the ‘Transporter’s’ leading role) with brio,” EuropaCorp CEO Christophe Lambert told the outlet.

Although plot details are still kept under wraps, Christophe Lambert said the first installment of the ‘Transporter’ reboot will return to the French Riviera, the site of the first movie. He said the writers, Bill Collage and Adam Cooper, have given more depth to the character of Frank Martin, whose job is to transport goods and ask no questions. For instance, the movie will explore Martin’s relationship with his father, whose role will be played by a prominent actor.

The new ‘Transporter’ trilogy is helmed by ‘Brick Mansion’ director Camille Delamarre. Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp is producing with Mark Gao’s Fundamental Films, which will release the movies in China. Budgeted in the $30 million range, the next ‘Transporter’ has been pre-bought by Universum and RTL for Germany, Belgium’s Belga Films, Golf for the Middle East, as well as Portugal’s Lusomundo. Gaul’s commercial net TF1 and pay TV Canal Plus have also picked up rights to the film.

The first and second “Transporter” films, directed by Louis Leterrier, grossed $43.9 million and $85.1 million worldwide, respectively, and were distributed in multiple territories by Fox. The third film, directed by Olivier Megaton and handled by Lionsgate, grossed $108.9 million.