Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
100 Greatest Characters
Your all-time favourite heroes and villains
Subscribe To Empire
Sign up now and save 44%
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
31 July 2015
Podcast 172: Josh Gad
Pixel perfect
Daniel Radcliffe Heads To Imperium
He's playing an FBI agent
Patrick Osborne To Direct Battling Boy
Animator adapting Paul Pope's graphic novel
Tom Cruise Teases Edge Of Tomorrow Sequel
Live. Die. Repeat. Again?
Tom Hardy's Taboo Finds A Director
The Killing's Kristoffer Nyholm takes the chair
Drew Pearce Says The Other Ghostbusters Is Still Happening
Update: Ivan Reitman weighs in
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
31 July 2015
Drew Pearce Says The Other Ghostbusters Is Still Happening
Update: Ivan Reitman weighs in
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Spy (2015)
Empire Star Rating
Fast & Furious 7
Empire Star Rating
Wild Card (2015)
Empire Star Rating
St. Vincent (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Tammy (2014)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Jason Statham Targets Susan Cooper
He's considering the Paul Feig/Melissa McCarthy action comedy

22 October 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

submit to reddit

Though he’s perfectly capable of making people laugh in real life, on screen Jason Statham usually goes for gruff and serious. He’s looking to change all that, and do more than trade wannabe wisecracks with The Expendables, by considering a role in Paul Feig’s new project Susan Cooper.

Feig, the director of Bridesmaids and The Heat, has Melissa McCarthy lined up to collaborate with once more, playing a secret agent in a film that promises to give a female spin to the bumbling Bond genre previously dominated by Leslie Nielsen and Rowan Atkinson.

Of course, the switch from action jabs to comedy chops can be a tough one for men who have usually stuck to post-kill bon mots, and Statham will need to be at the top of his game to match wits with McCarthy, who has proven she can think on her feet in any given situation. Still, the chance to appear as one of her fellow spies could be just what The Stath needs to crack open some new career opportunities. Just don’t sign up for The Pacifier 2, eh, Jason?

Statham will next be seen in more traditionally heroic mode for Homefront, and is currently playing the villain for Fast & Furious 7.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Alice Eve Catches 1.30 Train
She's co-starring in Chris Evans' directing debut
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Black Mass Trailer Breakdown With Director Scott Cooper
Find out what's what with Johnny Depp's take on Boston Gangster Whitey Bulger

The N.W.A-Team
Empire visits the set of Straight Outta Compton

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
Read Empire's official verdict

Empire Meets Joely Richardson
On Maggie, Arnie and Event Horizon

100 Greatest Movie Characters
The complete list of your all-time favourite heroes and villains

Vote Now For Your Favourite TV Shows
Pick your top five - if you can...

Paul Rudd Is Awesome
Being awesome: from Clueless to Ant-Man

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month!

Subscribe now!

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device

Subscribe now!

Subscribe now and save up to 67%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)