Michael Chiklis Will Be Parker's Villain

Facing off against Jason Statham

Ding Ding! It’s the battle of the baldies! The slap-head smack down! The… Okay, we’re done. But that's really the only way to introduce word that Michael Chiklis has just been cast to play against Jason Statham in crime thriller Parker.

Taylor Hackford is directing the movie based on Donald E Westlake’s novel series. It’ll find The Stath as the titular crook, a man known for his cunning and guile and occasional reliance on violence. But he’s also an honourable type who only steals from those who can afford it.

While Jennifer Lopez is still floating in talks to play the female lead, Chiklis needed no long negotiation and has snapped up the role of the hard-nut bad guy who crosses Parker.

Hackford aims to get to work this August in New Orleans.

Chiklis, who us probably best known to cinema audiences for his role as Ben Grimm in the Fantastic Four movies, is a veteran of cop drama The Shield and recently tried a return to TV with superhero drama No Ordinary Family. Talking of The Shield, it’s a big day for casting news about veterans of the show, with Walton Goggins scoring a gig in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln