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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Josh Hartnett denies turning down Batman and Spider-Man roles

Josh Hartnett has denied turning down parts in three major superhero movies.In recent years, various publications have reported that the Pearl Harbor actor had skipped on opportunities to play Spider-Man, Batman, and Superman in different projects. Ho…

Josh Hartnett has denied turning down parts in three major superhero movies.

In recent years, various publications have reported that the Pearl Harbor actor had skipped on opportunities to play Spider-Man, Batman, and Superman in different projects.

However, Josh has now insisted those claims weren’t entirely accurate.

“I didn’t turn down Spider-Man. I don’t know where that came from. I’d only turned down Superman as a straight-up offer,” he told Variety in a new interview. “But I was, at that time of my career, where a lot of people were asking me to do those types of movies.

“I was having meetings with those directors and people were saying: ‘Would you be interested?’ I talked to them about what they were doing, and I ultimately decided I wasn’t, but that was a very privileged place for a young man to be in. I’m a little bit outside of the box and had the leverage to do that, and that’s the direction I chose.”

Back in 2015, Josh told a reporter at Playboy magazine he was offered the role of Batman but “decided it wasn’t for me”. Yet, in his most recent chat, the star backtracked on that comment and insisted the role “wasn’t an audition or an offer”.

“It was a conversation with the director (Christopher Nolan),” the 41-year-old explained. “I think there’s a lot of misinformation out there. When you say one thing one time about it, and now it gets blown up. But I don’t really care to tell that story over and over again.”

Christian Bale was eventually cast as Batman in Nolan’s trilogy, and the character has since been played by Ben Affleck, while Robert Pattinson will make his debut as the Caped Crusader in the upcoming DC Comics flick, The Batman.

Henry Cavill is the current Superman, while Tom Holland currently has the part of Spider-Man.

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Emma Stone ravishing in red for British Independent Film Awards

Emma Stone coordinated her ravishing red dress with a pillar box pout as she led the glamour at the British Independent Film Awards in London on Sunday night (02Dec18). The 30-year-old actress looked stunning in a plunging Louis Vuitton number as she …

Emma Stone coordinated her ravishing red dress with a pillar box pout as she led the glamour at the British Independent Film Awards in London on Sunday night (02Dec18). 

The 30-year-old actress looked stunning in a plunging Louis Vuitton number as she posed for photographers at Old Billingsgate in the English capital.

Highlighting her alabaster complexion and auburn locks, Emma teamed the dress with bright red lipstick, and accessorised with shoes, jewellery and a clutch bag all by Louis Vuitton – the label for which she is a brand ambassador.

She wasn’t the only famous face to go all out for the star-studded occasion, however.

Pink was a popular colour choice for the evening, with Gemma Arterton, Jodie Whittaker, and Ellie Bamber all opting for ensembles in various shades of the feminine hue.

Gemma showed off a hint of cleavage in her high-neck Emilia Wickstead dress, which featured an open back and low-cut sides. She finished off the look with a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti shoes and a Jimmy Choo bag.

Doctor Who star Jodie opted for a cold shoulder style gown in a deeper shade of pink, which she teamed with an unusual pair of tie-up heels, while Ellie, the girlfriend of Bodyguard heartthrob Richard Madden, went for a Salvatore Ferragamo gown with cut out detailing on the sides to show off her slender figure.

Olivia Colman wowed in a sleek but simple Victoria Beckham dress as her and Emma’s movie The Favourite led the winners at the awards, while Felicity Jones courted attention in her white double-breasted Ruhl suit.

Elsewhere, Martin Freeman and Steve Coogan brushed up well in smart suits for the awards, while Josh Hartnett and his long-time girlfriend Tamsin Egerton made a rare public appearance at the event.

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