Woody Harrelson replaces Jason Statham in The Man From Toronto

Woody Harrelson has been tapped to replace Jason Statham in action-comedy The Man From Toronto. The British action man was in talks to play the world’s deadliest assassin, known as “The Man from Toronto”, alongside Kevin Hart in the upcoming movie, wh…

Woody Harrelson has been tapped to replace Jason Statham in action-comedy The Man From Toronto.

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

However, he abruptly exited the project last week, before his deal was signed, after disagreeing with Sony executives over the rating of the film, with him wanting an R-rated movie and Sony preferring a PG-13 market. Statham backing out of the film left the production in the lurch just six weeks before filming was set to begin.

According to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, Sony officials have swiftly found a replacement in the form of Harrelson, who recently worked with the studio on 2019 Zombieland sequel Double Tap and the upcoming Venom 2. His casting means the production can remain on schedule for a cinema release on 20 November.

The Man from Toronto 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.

Harrelson was recently seen reprising the role of Tallahassee in last year’s Zombieland: Double Tap and starring in World War II action movie Midway. He recently finished filming Venom 2, in which he stars alongside Tom Hardy as serial killer Cletus Kasady, also known as Carnage, as well as action-thriller Kate, alongside Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

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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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Jason Statham and Kevin Hart in talks for The Man from Toronto

Jason Statham and Kevin Hart are reportedly in talks to team up for new action comedy The Man From Toronto.The Hobbs & Shaw star will play the world’s deadliest assassin, who reluctantly joins forces with loser Teddy, played by funnyman Hart, after a c…

Jason Statham and Kevin Hart are reportedly in talks to team up for new action comedy The Man From Toronto.

The Hobbs & Shaw star will play the world’s deadliest assassin, who reluctantly joins forces with loser Teddy, played by funnyman Hart, after a case of mistaken identity leaves the fate of the world on their shoulders, according to Deadline.

The movie is not related to 1933’s The Man From Toronto, which starred Jessie Matthews and Ian Hunter, and was based on the play by Douglas Murray.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard director Patrick Hughes, who previously worked with Statham on The Expendables 3, will oversee the project, with Robbie Fox penning the script based on a story from Jason Blumenthal.

Hart and Statham briefly shared scenes in last year’s Hobbs & Shaw, which also starred their frequent collaborator Dwayne Johnson.

Sony Pictures officials are eyeing a 20 November release for The Man From Toronto, with production expected to begin in March, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Hart is currently revelling in the huge success of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sequel, Jumanji: The Next Level, which has made over $738 million (£568 million) worldwide since its release in December.

The 40-year-old funnyman has also wrapped on upcoming drama Fatherhood, which will be released in January 2021.

Meanwhile, Statham recently reunited with Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch director Guy Ritchie for the revenge action thriller, Cash Truck, which has just finished filming.

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