Jason Statham IS The Mechanic

Steps into Bronson role for West remake

We're not sure this role is going to provide much of a stretch, but Jason Statham has just signed on to play a hitman in The Mechanic, a remake of the Charles Bronson film of 1972. Simon West (Con Air, When A Stranger Calls) is directing.

The story focuses on a highly-skilled but emotionally detached hitman - guess who - who is planning to retire when a young man asks to be trained up in the profession. Only problem is that this new apprentice is the son of one of the Mechanic's victims, and may have more in mind than just a City and Guilds apprenticeship.

The film starts shooting this summer in Shreveport, Louisiana, based on a script by Steve Salerno.