Jason Statham exits The Man from Toronto

Jason Statham has dropped out of The Man from Toronto.The British action man was due to play the world’s deadliest assassin, known as “The Man from Toronto”, in the upcoming movie, with the plot following the character as he’s forced to team up with Ke…

Jason Statham has dropped out of The Man from Toronto.

The British action man was due to play the world’s deadliest assassin, known as “The Man from Toronto”, in the upcoming movie, with the plot following the character as he’s forced to team up with Kevin Hart’s Teddy and save the day after they are mistaken for each other in a rented Airbnb.

However, editors at Deadline reported on Tuesday that Statham has dropped out of Sony Pictures’ action-comedy, which was due to go into production in six weeks’ time.

His casting was announced in January, though sources have claimed he never closed a deal to appear in the film. They also told the publication that Statham had “creative issues” with the movie, as he wanted it to be R-rated, while studio executives wanted it to be more of a PG-13, given its release days before Thanksgiving.

Producers are now trying to find a replacement to keep the production on track ahead of a cinema release on 20 November.

The Man from Toronto, which would have served as a reunion for Statham and his Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw co-star Hart, is being directed by The Hitman’s Bodyguard helmer Patrick Hughes. Robbie Fox wrote the script from a story he originated with Jason Blumenthal, who is producing the movie with Todd Black and Steve Tisch under their Escape Artists banner.

Statham, 52, recently reunited with his Snatch director Guy Ritchie to shoot Cash Truck, which also stars Josh Hartnett and Scott Eastwood. The film is now in post-production ahead of a release in January 2021.

In addition, Deadline also reported that The Transporter star parted ways with his agents at William Morris Endeavour (WME) on the same night he departed The Man from Toronto.

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Idris Elba keen to reprise Thor role

Idris Elba is keen to return to the Thor franchise as Heimdall – despite the fact his character died in Avengers: Infinity War. The 46-year-old played Heimdall, the all-seeing and all-knowing gatekeeper of the rainbow Bifrost bridge and Thor’s good fr…

Idris Elba is keen to return to the Thor franchise as Heimdall – despite the fact his character died in Avengers: Infinity War.

 The 46-year-old played Heimdall, the all-seeing and all-knowing gatekeeper of the rainbow Bifrost bridge and Thor’s good friend, from the first Thor movie in 2011 until he was killed at the hands of Thanos in the 2018 film.  

 However, during an interview with ABC Radio on Tuesday, the star explained that he’s hopeful the Marvel Comics character could be brought back to life.  

 When asked if he’d return to the franchise, he insisted: “Of course! … Listen, Heimdall is essentially part of the god family. So, you know, he essentially could be alive. I’m just saying! I’m just putting it out there. The Heimdall character goes way back into, you know, the Thor mythology. And I’m sure there will be an interesting way to bring that alive. Of course, I would. Yes.”  

 A return for a deceased Thor franchise character wouldn’t be unusual, as Tom Hiddleston’s Loki, who was also killed off in the same movie, is set to come back in a new series for Disney’s streaming service Disney+, which is expected to drop in 2021. The show is rumoured to have elements of time travel, which could provide an opening for Elba’s return.  

 There are also two feature films in which Heimdall could potentially appear – the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder and possibly even Guardians of the Galaxy 3.  

 Elba is currently promoting Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw and will next be seen onscreen as Macavity in the live-action adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage musical Cats later this year. 

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Trailer for Christopher Nolan’s new movie Tenet leaked online – report

The trailer for Christopher Nolan’s new movie Tenet has reportedly leaked online, with studio bosses scrambling to pull footage from social media. The upcoming action thriller, which has been written, directed, and produced by Nolan, stars John David…

The trailer for Christopher Nolan’s new movie Tenet has reportedly leaked online, with studio bosses scrambling to pull footage from social media. 

The upcoming action thriller, which has been written, directed, and produced by Nolan, stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh. 

All plot details have been kept under wraps, however, after a 40-second teaser clip was played to a select group of U.S. cinemagoers waiting to see Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw last week, the footage showed up online.

But as the trailer has yet to officially be released on the Internet by producers at Warner Bros., executives were quick to remove any footage filmed by fans and shared on Friday.  

According to editors at The Blast, the teaser videos were scrubbed within an hour, and instead displayed messages of, “Video unavailable. This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Warner Bros. Entertainment.”  

Yet, one fan wrote on Twitter: “#Tenet teaser just played in front of #HobbsAndShaw. VERY short but built up well with the music. Quick looks at the characters and some action. It absolutely feels like a Nolan movie. I started to get chills just trying to imagine what this could be about. I’m PUMPED for 2020.” 

The clip begins with leading man Washington inspecting two bullet holes in glass.  

“Time has come for a new protagonist,” the screen read as the BlacKkKlansman star is seen in riot gear. “Time has come for a new kind of mission.” 

The trailer ended with Washington depicted wearing an oxygen mask.  

Tenet is slated for release in July 2020.  

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Dwayne Johnson: ‘Hobbs & Shaw made my mother cry so hard’

Dwayne Johnson brought his mother to tears by speaking Samoan in his new movie Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.When asked about the best parts of making the movie in an interview with U.S. TV show Extra, the 47-year-old revealed it was his mother…

Dwayne Johnson brought his mother to tears by speaking Samoan in his new movie Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.

When asked about the best parts of making the movie in an interview with U.S. TV show Extra, the 47-year-old revealed it was his mother Ata’s response to seeing their Samoan heritage being showcased onscreen that made it all worthwhile.

“She is incredibly proud of the movie,” he shared. “It’s the very first time in the history of Hollywood that the Samoan culture has ever been showcased on this scale, so it’s a big deal.”

He went on to reveal Ata was on the set of the flick the day they filmed scenes where he performed the Siva Tau, a Samoan war dance usually performed by Samoan sporting teams before a game, and confessed she was overcome with emotion when she saw her culture being brought to life.

“Within the scene, she never heard me speak in Samoan to this degree,” the Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle star continued. “She hears me speaking in Samoan, calling on our ancestors to give us strength… I look over and she is crying so hard. When the scene was over, a really beautiful moment – all the boys, the guys that play my brothers in the movie, go over and gave her a hug… (It was) a memory forever.”

In Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, Dwayne reprises his role of Luke Hobbs from the Fast and Furious franchise, alongside Jason Statham as Deckard Shaw. The film, which also stars Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby, and Helen Mirren, hits cinemas from 31 July.

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Vanessa Kirby: ‘I didn’t do enough squats ahead of Hobbs & Shaw action scenes’

Vanessa Kirby regrets not spending more time in the gym ahead of her role in action movie Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. The Crown star discussed her action role as Hattie Shaw in the upcoming franchise spin-off on BBC radio show, The Zoe Ball…

Vanessa Kirby regrets not spending more time in the gym ahead of her role in action movie Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.

The Crown star discussed her action role as Hattie Shaw in the upcoming franchise spin-off on BBC radio show, The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show, on Monday and admitted the action scenes left her “constantly aching”.

“It didn’t actually take that long (to film). Maybe three, four months. It was super-fast,” she told host Zoe Ball. “A lot of the fights were really intense and concentrated. I was constantly aching. I didn’t do enough squats in advance.”

Kirby, who rose to fame playing Princess Margaret in the Netflix series, jumped at the chance to play the sister of Fast & Furious character Deckard Shaw, played by Jason Statham, as Hattie is just as “capable of fighter” as her male counterparts and she hopes she’ll be an inspiration to young girls.

“It’s like this British contingent with Idris Elba and Helen Mirren and I. One of the reasons why I wanted to do is that she’s as a capable of fighter as the guys,” she continued. “If fourteen year old girls leave the cinema and feel as capable as their brothers then I have done my job.”

The 31-year-old actress is reportedly in the running to take over the role of Catwoman in 2021’s The Batman movie alongside Robert Pattinson, following in the footsteps of actresses Halle Berry, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Anne Hathaway. But when asked by Ball, she teased: “I’ve no idea what you’re talking about.”

However, in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Kirby called it a “dream role” and hinted if it were offered to her, she wouldn’t say no.

“Are you kidding?” exclaimed the Brit. “I would love to be Catwoman. Oh my god, it would be a dream.”

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Jason Statham: ‘I’m not really an actor, I just got lucky’

Jason Statham is surprised he’s managed to work in Hollywood for so long.The 51-year-old has become famous for playing action heroes in blockbuster movies including The Expendables and the Fast and the Furious franchises. But speaking to Britain’s Dail…

Jason Statham is surprised he’s managed to work in Hollywood for so long.

The 51-year-old has become famous for playing action heroes in blockbuster movies including The Expendables and the Fast and the Furious franchises.

But speaking to Britain’s Daily Star newspaper, Jason has confessed he doesn’t consider himself to be a proper actor.

“I am not an actor really – I used to work jewellery on the streets,” the star laughed. “I was a sportsman for years and I am not really some thespian that can chameleon himself into different roles. I just got into this by being at the right place at the right time.”

The star, who was part of Britain’s national diving team in the 1990 Commonwealth Games and has modelled for French Connection, Tommy Hilfiger, and Levi’s in various advertising campaigns, went on to admit his sudden ascent to fame means he’s never taken an acting class.

“I got plucked from obscurity into the movie industry – so it is not like I have spent years honing how to do different accents or ‘working on my craft’,” he considered. “That doesn’t apply to me. I accept what I am good at.”

Jason stars opposite Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Idris Elba in the action comedy Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, which hits cinemas from 31 July.

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