Well, this update couldn’t have arrived much more quickly if Frank Martin had been delivering it himself… Hot on the (w)heels of yesterday’s confirmation that the Transporter franchise will indeed be going to reboot route for its new entries, Variety reports that Ill Manors’ Ed Skrein is the man to follow The Stath as the tough-nut central character.
Skrein, who also appeared in Game Of Thrones as Daario Naharis (though he’s been replaced for Season 4 by Michael Huisman) will play a younger version of Frank Martin. The new movie will serve as an origin story for the man, which includes his interactions with his father. The producers, which include Luc Besson, are apparently looking for someone notable to take that role.
“We searched everywhere to find a fresh face who had the potential to become an action movie star and we’ve found the right match with Ed Skrein, who’s not only a great actor but also has enough charisma and physical stamina to play Frank Martin with brio,” EuropaCorp CEO Christophe Lambert tells the trade mag.
Bill Collage and Adam Cooper are behind the script for this one, with Transporter 3 editor (and Brick Mansions director) Camille Delamarre on to call the shots. He’ll start the cameras cranking this June on the French Rivera and may end up making all three of the planned new trilogy.