Jason Statham to star in ‘Layer Cake’ TV sequel.
The Transporter actor and Furious 7 villain is headed to the small screen to star in the action thriller Via La Madness for Gaumont International Television, the production company announced Thursday.
According to reports, the drama series is based on the book written by J.J. Connolly and is the sequel to the author’s first novel, Layer Cake, a novel which was later adapted into a movie starring Daniel Craig in 2004.
Statham and Steven Chasman, who owns the rights to the project, will executive produce alongside Connolly, who is set to pen the series.
“Viva La Madness, with its riveting characters and twisting storyline, is a volatile cocktail of action and comedy that only J.J. Connolly can create,” said Gaumont International TV CEO Katie O’Connell Marsh. “Jason Statham, known for his roles in the Transporter trilogy, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, The Bank Job, as well as the recent Furious 7 and Spy, brings such strength and credibility to his characters but also has an effortless shade of vulnerability that gives him so much dimension on screen.”
From The Hollywood Reporter:
Viva la Madness centers on an anonymous hero who is stranded in the Caribbean itching for the criminal life he left behind — but who is still a wanted man back home. He soon joins forces with two robust London gangsters: the menacing Sonny King and his paranoid partner Roy “Twitchy” Burns. Described as fast-paced and filled with sarcasm and humor, Viva La Madness takes place in a world of madness that somehow makes terrible sense.
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