Jaston Statham Set to Star in 'Layer Cake' Sequel 'Viva La Madness'
by Ethan Anderton
November 11, 2013
Before he became James Bond in the 2006 reboot Casino Royale, Daniel Craig was on the wrong side of the law in Layer Cake, the directorial debut of X-Men: First Class helmer Matthew Vaughn. Now a sequel is being developed, but since Craig is caught up in the 007 franchise, it will be British action star Jason Statham stepping up to play the anonymous drug dealing protagonist in Viva La Madness. Statham is also producing the film with his SJ Pictures partner Steve Chasman, who also heads up Current Entertainment, the company behind Statham's action efforts in Parker, The Bank Job and The Transporter.
Deadline reports Statham is playing the character Craig brought to life, hoping that it will work much in the same way different actors have played James Bond, Jack Ryan or Donald E. Westlake's Parker character. This time around, the drug dealing hero is trying to retire, but gets caught up in London low-lives, the Caribbean high-life, money-laundering, electronic fraud and Venezuelan drug cartels. It's been awhile since Statham has gone back to the British crime world, though he plays the villain in next year's Fast & Furious 7, so it will be nice to see him return to a story with a style similar to Snatch and Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels. J.J. Connolly will adapt his own book for the big screen, but will Layer Cake fans turn up?