Jason Statham to Take Over Daniel Craig Role in LAYER CAKE Follow-Up VIVA LA MADNESS

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Jason Statham is looking to return to his British roots with a follow-up to the 2004 Matthew Vaughn film Layer Cake.  Deadline reports that Statham and producing partner Steve Chasman have acquired the rights to author J.J. Connolly’s Layer Cake follow-up novel Viva La Madness with an eye towards Statham taking over the unnamed protagonist role that was filled by Daniel Craig in Vaughn’s film.  Connolly will script Viva La Madness, which finds the character moving into the world of international crime with trans-Atlantic drug deals, money laundering, and high-tech electronic fraud.  More after the jump.

Deadline’s report has no word on who might direct Viva La Madness, but I for one hope they stick with a British filmmaker to maintain the same sensibility as Layer Cake.  Statham recently wrapped a role in The Expendables 3 and is currently filming his turn as the antagonist in Fast & Furious 7, with both films set for release in 2014.  Also on the horizon is a possible comedic turn opposite Melissa McCarthy in director Paul Feig‘s spy pic Susan Cooper.  Watch the trailer for Layer Cake below.

Here’s a synopsis for Viva La Madness:

J. J. Connolly the favorite voice of London gangster fiction returns with a tour de force: the Get Carter of the noughties, Layer Cake has also been made into a highly-praised film by Matthew Vaughn, starring Daniel Craig and Sienna Miller (it’s also the most shoplifted book in England). Now Connolly is back with a sequel that sees him on the same stunning form, with his trademark razor-sharp dialogue and quick-fire violence, but also finding dark humor and pathos in the lives of violent men. From the London underworld, Viva la Madness moves to international crime with trans-Atlantic drug deals, money laundering, and high-tech electronic fraud, portrayed with the same uncanny believability. The anonymous hero of Layer Cake is pulled back into the drug game before he can escape to a sunny retirement. In a dazzling combination of London low-life, Caribbean high-life, and Venezuelan drug cartels toting machine-guns in Mayfair, our hero’s voice and mission are authentic, thrilling, and whiplash-inducing in equal shares. [Amazon]

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  • NephewOfAnarchy

    Uhh…isn’t there a slight problem with following Daniel Craig’s Layer Cake character into a sequel? Given that, you know, he’s dead?

    (SPOILER ALERT FOR THE THING YOU JUST READ).

    • Kyle

      He never actually dies. He’s shown having been shot, but the film cuts before any sort of decision is made on his health.

  • NephewOfAnarchy

    Uhh…isn’t there a slight problem with following Daniel Craig’s Layer Cake character into a sequel? Given that, you know, he’s dead?

    (SPOILER ALERT FOR THE THING YOU JUST READ).

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  • fluxCAPS

    Bad move. They should try to get Craig back. Statham is a action star, not an actor.

    • Batman

      I know most right him off for playing the same role but he does have range. He is funny in Snatch, Lock stock. He has done good work in more dramatic action roles like Safe, Blitz and Hummingbird (Redemption). He can do a mix of both like in Bank Job and finally he is an all round badass

    • LEM

      He’s capable but hasn’t really tried since he’s making tons of money doing the action movies.

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    Without Matt Vaughn or Daniel Craig it won’t be good.

  • Person

    Stoked that they’re making a sequel. I understand not getting Craig back — he’ll require too much money and he looks nothing like the skinny version of himself he was in 2004. I like Statham so I’m fine with him as a replacement, I just hope they bring back Vaughn to direct.

  • Anonymous

    it’s kick-ass2 all over again.

    • J

      Except Kick-Ass 2 was awesome, featured the same main cast and was produced by Matthew Vaughn.

  • Kota Lancaster

    Layer Cake is one of my favorite crime films, but I think a lot of it’s charm comes from the cast. We’ll have to see.

  • kemo

    is it the same exact character, seems it would have to be a prequel? nothing would bring him out of retirement

  • neckbeard

    If anyone here would bother reading the book, he survives the gunshot wound from layer cake. The book starts with X in hiding running a resort in the islands.

  • The Flobbit

    Viva the Stath.

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