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Game of Thrones alum Ed Skrein will take the keys to The Transporter reboot

02.10.2014

British actor Ed Skrein is taking the keys to THE TRANSPORTER franchise, which is moving forward without original star Jason Statham. The series will continue with Skrein in the lead role as the same character, Frank Martin/aka The Transporter, but will act as a prequel with plans to do three new films. EuropaCorp CEO Christophe Lambert commented on the casting, saying:

“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 (the ‘Transporter’s’ leading role) with brio."

Lambert says the first installment will "return to the French Riviera, site of the first pic" and that the writers have "given more depth to the character of Frank Martin," using the example of the movie exploring "Martin’s relationship with his father, whose role will be played by a prominent thesp." BRICK MANSIONS director Camille Delamarre is at the helm for the first installment.

I thought the first three TRANSPORTER films with Statham were fun drivel, but not much more, so I don't really take this to heart. However, the series, especially with Statham in it, has a strong following and I'm sure there will be some sour responses to anyone but the original actor in the role. That said, I liked Skrein in Game of Thrones as Daario Naharis, so perhaps he'll bring some of that charm and physical prowess to THE TRANSPORTER series.

THE TRANSPORTER reboot starts shooting in June.

Extra Tidbit: If not Skrein, who do YOU think should take over the role of Frank Martin?
Source: Variety

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1:30PM on 02/11/2014
Really? Was this a series that was really screaming for a reboot? Like were the first movies that profitable that they need to tap the well on this again?
Honestly, who cares who takes the role? I mean good for this guy, he was great on GoT. But hopefully it just launches him into better movies
Really? Was this a series that was really screaming for a reboot? Like were the first movies that profitable that they need to tap the well on this again?
Honestly, who cares who takes the role? I mean good for this guy, he was great on GoT. But hopefully it just launches him into better movies
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1:04AM on 02/11/2014
Is it really necessary to reboot this crap?
Is it really necessary to reboot this crap?
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9:12PM on 02/10/2014
This guy was awesome on GoT so I hope this does well.
This guy was awesome on GoT so I hope this does well.
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8:18PM on 02/10/2014
He sort of looks like Luke Goss. Supposedly Skrein is the new Transporter, they better come up with new character instead of Frank Martin.
He sort of looks like Luke Goss. Supposedly Skrein is the new Transporter, they better come up with new character instead of Frank Martin.
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7:22PM on 02/10/2014
I guess he kinda looks the part but ehh, absolutely no interest.
I guess he kinda looks the part but ehh, absolutely no interest.
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4:07PM on 02/10/2014
They should have cast Iko Uwais or Donnie Yen. The new trilogy needs somebody who can fight proper. (Chris Vance sucked in the series) Too bad Tony Jaa doesn't speak English.
They should have cast Iko Uwais or Donnie Yen. The new trilogy needs somebody who can fight proper. (Chris Vance sucked in the series) Too bad Tony Jaa doesn't speak English.
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1:09AM on 02/11/2014
And the prequels should end with the protagonist having severe burns all over his body and a damaged vocal cord. But gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. Frank Martin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster, taller, whiter, with British accent.
And the prequels should end with the protagonist having severe burns all over his body and a damaged vocal cord. But gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. Frank Martin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster, taller, whiter, with British accent.
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4:04PM on 02/10/2014
Tidbit: Luke Goss. He already took over Death Race, why not playing the Transporter (in this case sequels would be a better choice than prequels).
Tidbit: Luke Goss. He already took over Death Race, why not playing the Transporter (in this case sequels would be a better choice than prequels).
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3:15PM on 02/10/2014

Why Transporter??

Just start a new franchise with this guy! Seriously, action sequels past the number 3 never do too well and sound very direct to video, especially when the main star doesn't return. Just call it something besides Transporter, don't make this guy play the same character Statham defined.
Just start a new franchise with this guy! Seriously, action sequels past the number 3 never do too well and sound very direct to video, especially when the main star doesn't return. Just call it something besides Transporter, don't make this guy play the same character Statham defined.
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2:52PM on 02/10/2014
So he's been deemed pretty enough to become leading man already...
But he pulled it off well in Thrones despite looking a bit like Peter Jackson's Elves from Lord of the Rings.
I hope he has as much charisma as Statham does.
So he's been deemed pretty enough to become leading man already...
But he pulled it off well in Thrones despite looking a bit like Peter Jackson's Elves from Lord of the Rings.
I hope he has as much charisma as Statham does.
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2:24PM on 02/10/2014
Weird, that guy doesn't look a thing like Daario Naharis did in the books.
Weird, that guy doesn't look a thing like Daario Naharis did in the books.
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1:16PM on 02/10/2014

Bald

He shaves his head.
He shaves his head.
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