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Jason Statham to take over Daniel Craig's role for the sequel to Layer Cake

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Fans of Matthew Vaughn's LAYER CAKE can rejoice that a sequel is on the way. But, it will not star Daniel Craig and will not be directed by Vaughn. Confused? Read on.

LAYER CAKE was based on the novel of the same name by J.J. Connolly which he also adapted for Vaughn. In the 10 years since that novel's publication, Connolly has been hard at work on a sequel which is finally ready for publication. The follow-up is titled VIVA LA MADNESS and has been optioned by Jason Statham who is looking to star in the film. Connolly will adapt his own novel again.

Vaughn's film was released in 2005 and is widely considered one of the better British gangster films of the last decade. It followed the popularity of Guy Ritchie's LOCK, STOCK, AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS and SNATCH, both of which featured Statham. Since then, Statham and Craig have skyrocketed to fame in very different ways. VIVA LA MADNESS would mark Statham's return to the genre that made him a celebrity.

XXXX is looking for a beach to land on in retirement, but instead gets involved with trans-Atlantic drug deals, money laundering, hi-tech electronic fraud, London low-lives and Venezuelan drug cartels.

Craig's character remained nameless through LAYER CAKE and Statham would play that same role. It remains to be seen if the physical difference in the actors will be addressed in the plot or if the film will just pick up without missing a beat. It would be great if Matthew Vaughn returned to keep the film's consistent in visual style and tone, but if not I hope Statham and his production company deliver a film as good.

Source: Deadline

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5:56PM on 11/12/2013
As a Venezuelan I'm offended lol. Sucks that my once decent country is the new Libya.
Layer Cake was amazing. I never expected it to be so good. If it's well written I don't see why this won't be also great
One can only hope...
As a Venezuelan I'm offended lol. Sucks that my once decent country is the new Libya.
Layer Cake was amazing. I never expected it to be so good. If it's well written I don't see why this won't be also great
One can only hope...
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4:34PM on 11/12/2013
its amazing how many of you geeks an pick the tiniest change or thing wrong from a comic book, but cant ever research the book that this movie was made from? He did live and he didn't die and he left the country to run a bar in paradise
its amazing how many of you geeks an pick the tiniest change or thing wrong from a comic book, but cant ever research the book that this movie was made from? He did live and he didn't die and he left the country to run a bar in paradise
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6:11PM on 11/12/2013
Running a bar in "paradise?" Seriously? I guess I should have stayed for the bonus scene after the credits.
Running a bar in "paradise?" Seriously? I guess I should have stayed for the bonus scene after the credits.
12:15PM on 11/12/2013

Wait... what?!?

A sequel? Great! I always wanted to know what happened to that character after he was killed at the end of the first film.
A sequel? Great! I always wanted to know what happened to that character after he was killed at the end of the first film.
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4:29PM on 11/12/2013
or maybe you could have read or even made a jump in logic that he "gasped" lived?? You lose the internet today
or maybe you could have read or even made a jump in logic that he "gasped" lived?? You lose the internet today
11:54AM on 11/12/2013

I like Statham but not for this

Craig was pretty great in this role and it's the role the James Bond producers saw that pretty much got him the James Bond role. Statham is good but if Vaughn isn't directing this will be a disaster.
Craig was pretty great in this role and it's the role the James Bond producers saw that pretty much got him the James Bond role. Statham is good but if Vaughn isn't directing this will be a disaster.
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10:52AM on 11/12/2013

OK, wow

A few things, also *****SPOILERS*****

XXXX dies at the end of Layer Cake. Yes he does. No there is no way he survives to do other things. You know why? Cause him surviving KILLS the entire message of the first film. Crime doesn't pay. I didn't matter how smart he was it still caught up with him and in a way that you wouldn't expect which is exactly WHY crime doesn't pay. Screw this film.
A few things, also *****SPOILERS*****

XXXX dies at the end of Layer Cake. Yes he does. No there is no way he survives to do other things. You know why? Cause him surviving KILLS the entire message of the first film. Crime doesn't pay. I didn't matter how smart he was it still caught up with him and in a way that you wouldn't expect which is exactly WHY crime doesn't pay. Screw this film.
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4:31PM on 11/12/2013
wow another one huh, you lose as well . he doesnt die it s never shown or said he died, there is no message in the movie that crime doesn't pay bc it obviously does or how do yo have so many old rich drug dealers in this movie? If anything it shows that he wasn't as smart or as smooth as he thought he was.
wow another one huh, you lose as well . he doesnt die it s never shown or said he died, there is no message in the movie that crime doesn't pay bc it obviously does or how do yo have so many old rich drug dealers in this movie? If anything it shows that he wasn't as smart or as smooth as he thought he was.
3:46PM on 11/13/2013
Rich old drug dealers? Who are they? Jimmy Price? You know that guy that gets murdered in his back yard. Eddie Temple? I wouldn't consider him a drug dealer. He wanted the pills cause he saw he could make money off them cause he was going to steal them. Again, look how well that turned out for his ppl by the end. And even if you want to argue those two that hardly qualifies as "so many".

I'll give you that you never see him flat line per se, but the whole moral of the movie is that crime
Rich old drug dealers? Who are they? Jimmy Price? You know that guy that gets murdered in his back yard. Eddie Temple? I wouldn't consider him a drug dealer. He wanted the pills cause he saw he could make money off them cause he was going to steal them. Again, look how well that turned out for his ppl by the end. And even if you want to argue those two that hardly qualifies as "so many".

I'll give you that you never see him flat line per se, but the whole moral of the movie is that crime doesn't pay, its not something that needs to be stated by a character. The whole movie is him thinking he's got the right idea and knows how to get out and he was wrong. The notion that he actually survives being shot in the heart or lung when the whole idea is that no he doesn't escape the life for a single minute defeats the entire run time of the film.

Hell his closing internal monolog is listing off the ppl in the business who have died, saying he's not like them cause he's smarter then gets shot. He dies dude, he dies. No amount of money thrown at a sequel will change that.
10:05AM on 11/12/2013
This is unfortunate. I would love a proper Craig/Vaughn follow-up, but that would pretty much ruin it for me. I enjoy Statham, but Craig really made the role his own.
This is unfortunate. I would love a proper Craig/Vaughn follow-up, but that would pretty much ruin it for me. I enjoy Statham, but Craig really made the role his own.
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8:17AM on 11/12/2013
Fuck me, no!
Fuck me, no!
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3:47AM on 11/12/2013

NOOOOOO!!!!

First let me just say that LAYER CAKE is one of my all time favorite movies (within my top 15 or maybe even top 10). When Daniel Craig was named the new James Bond, people talked about this film quite a bit. I saw the trailer and thought it looked interesting so I gave it a try. Wow! I watched it 3 times in one weekend and I could watch it every day. Now is it a perfect film?.....far from it but it succeeded on a lot of levels of filmmaking I look for in movies. I believe this was Matthew
First let me just say that LAYER CAKE is one of my all time favorite movies (within my top 15 or maybe even top 10). When Daniel Craig was named the new James Bond, people talked about this film quite a bit. I saw the trailer and thought it looked interesting so I gave it a try. Wow! I watched it 3 times in one weekend and I could watch it every day. Now is it a perfect film?.....far from it but it succeeded on a lot of levels of filmmaking I look for in movies. I believe this was Matthew Vaughn's directorial debut but after watching LC you'd think he'd been directing movies for years. The cast in this is great. You've got Daniel Craig, the sexy Sienna Miller, Dumbledore #2 Michael Gambon, George Harris (also in a couple Harry Potter films), and the very underrated Colm Meaney....oh and Tom Hardy before he became the badass that he is now. The cinematography and soundtrack are both great. Matthew Vaughn has a great eye and ear for creating emotion.
So does Layer Cake NEED a sequel.... absolutely NOT!. Would I want a sequel... YES, but only if they get Vaughn, Craig and the rest of the surviving cast back. This is a film where it doesn't need to be rushed at all. So I say WAIT until everything comes together for it to be perfect.
But now they'll have Jason Statham in it as XXXX. I like Statham quite a bit but Craig made that role his own and nobody should touch it. And you know MAtthew Vaughn won't direct it now either. So that means the cast will be all new too and it'll be a completely different film altogether. Layer Cake is NOT an action film series. Yes there's little action in it but it's nowhere near the Jason Statham type of action. I feel this is going down the wrong path.
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11:30PM on 11/11/2013

Layer Cake is one of my favorites...

...and it doesn't need a sequel. Vaughn is a great storyteller, and although I can't judge a film before it's made, I just have a feeling it won't have the same vibe that made the original a classic.
...and it doesn't need a sequel. Vaughn is a great storyteller, and although I can't judge a film before it's made, I just have a feeling it won't have the same vibe that made the original a classic.
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10:59PM on 11/11/2013
Layer Cake is one of those films that doesn't need a sequel
Layer Cake is one of those films that doesn't need a sequel
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10:20PM on 11/11/2013
It's been awhile since I've seen Layer Cake, and I loved it despite it's cliche story. It def put Craig on the map with the bond ppl. Tho, correct me if I'm wrong, but he died at the end....right? I was 100% sure of that until I read this article. So if this is the same character, is it a prequel? I DEF don't want it to be that Craig's character actually survived. That's ridiculous and hurts the first film. When I first read the headline I thought NO! It'll be direct to video, but I've
It's been awhile since I've seen Layer Cake, and I loved it despite it's cliche story. It def put Craig on the map with the bond ppl. Tho, correct me if I'm wrong, but he died at the end....right? I was 100% sure of that until I read this article. So if this is the same character, is it a prequel? I DEF don't want it to be that Craig's character actually survived. That's ridiculous and hurts the first film. When I first read the headline I thought NO! It'll be direct to video, but I've forgotten how good Stathom was in Ritchie's films. And if it's the same author, who is also adapting his book again, it makes me think it could be solid. But if it's not a prequel, I think the author should have just written a "new" character. He could have even written him in the same universe. Also, I'm not sure how I feel about Stathom's kind of "creative control." And since Layer Cake was more of a cult film and is that old, I hope they don't go out of there way to make it know it's a sequel, as only ppl reading these sites will really care. But here's hoping.
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4:33PM on 11/12/2013
no he didnt die and if you look the book up online he was shot, recovered and moved to a beach running a bar
no he didnt die and if you look the book up online he was shot, recovered and moved to a beach running a bar
8:36PM on 11/11/2013
Not the worst case of Other Darrin ever but eh, is there a lot of demand for Layer Cake: Second Helping?
Not the worst case of Other Darrin ever but eh, is there a lot of demand for Layer Cake: Second Helping?
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6:11PM on 11/11/2013
I do find this news kind of ironic, considering Matthew Vaughn said during a Q&A of LAYER CAKE (I think it's on the DVD) that he purposely took out a lot of the humour from the book when translating it to film, because he "didn't want to make LOCK STOCK 3." Huh.
I do find this news kind of ironic, considering Matthew Vaughn said during a Q&A of LAYER CAKE (I think it's on the DVD) that he purposely took out a lot of the humour from the book when translating it to film, because he "didn't want to make LOCK STOCK 3." Huh.
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5:43PM on 11/11/2013
Statham would be closer to the character J.J. Connolly created, who very much was a streetwise Cockney thug, as opposed to the debonaire character Craig played. That's not necessarily a good thing, as I thought the movie was far superior to the book in almost every way. I never read Viva La Madness, but they could make it a stand-alone by changing up basically the entire cast. I kind of feel like the movie ended in a way that didn't lend itself too much to a sequel. But getting Statham back
Statham would be closer to the character J.J. Connolly created, who very much was a streetwise Cockney thug, as opposed to the debonaire character Craig played. That's not necessarily a good thing, as I thought the movie was far superior to the book in almost every way. I never read Viva La Madness, but they could make it a stand-alone by changing up basically the entire cast. I kind of feel like the movie ended in a way that didn't lend itself too much to a sequel. But getting Statham back into the world of criminal hijinks with a comic edge would be welcome.

Actually, if they kept Colm Meaney that'd be alright by me. The wrold could use a little more Gene.
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4:55PM on 11/11/2013
Woah Stath!! Step away from this one its a stinker

Layer Cake does not require a sequel!
Woah Stath!! Step away from this one its a stinker

Layer Cake does not require a sequel!
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4:34PM on 11/11/2013
Love Statham but A. that's a bad replacement and B. I like the ambiguous ending of the original
Love Statham but A. that's a bad replacement and B. I like the ambiguous ending of the original
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4:25PM on 11/11/2013

Yeah...

No. Talk about a movie that doesn't need a sequel. Great film, great story. Leave it be.
No. Talk about a movie that doesn't need a sequel. Great film, great story. Leave it be.
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4:09PM on 11/11/2013

No thanks

I LOVE Layer Cake. I LOVE Statham. But this is a step in the wrong direction. If this DOES end up happening, I hope it doesn't turn into a Jason Statham-style action flick, because that is NOT what the first one was.
I LOVE Layer Cake. I LOVE Statham. But this is a step in the wrong direction. If this DOES end up happening, I hope it doesn't turn into a Jason Statham-style action flick, because that is NOT what the first one was.
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4:06PM on 11/11/2013
will watch Statham in anything although i don't see the need for sequel unless it really has a promising story to tell
will watch Statham in anything although i don't see the need for sequel unless it really has a promising story to tell
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4:00PM on 11/11/2013

Nope...the first one was good enough

I've watched Layer Cake several times, and it's a good, stand-alone movie. IMO, I believe that the story wrapped itself up nicely, and the need for a sequel, minus Daniel Craig, isn't needed or warranted...no offence Jason S.
I've watched Layer Cake several times, and it's a good, stand-alone movie. IMO, I believe that the story wrapped itself up nicely, and the need for a sequel, minus Daniel Craig, isn't needed or warranted...no offence Jason S.
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3:50PM on 11/11/2013
its been awhile since I saw Layer Cake, but didn't it end with his death? maybe im wrong
its been awhile since I saw Layer Cake, but didn't it end with his death? maybe im wrong
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3:57PM on 11/11/2013
YES. It had 3 endings. One he dies, One he lives, One that implies he will die. But the one that counts is the one he dies in.
YES. It had 3 endings. One he dies, One he lives, One that implies he will die. But the one that counts is the one he dies in.
4:03PM on 11/11/2013
ah thanks DeejayForte, I haven't seen the other endings.. this just seems like the ending of The Descent all over again :D
ah thanks DeejayForte, I haven't seen the other endings.. this just seems like the ending of The Descent all over again :D
5:36PM on 11/11/2013
So like many other films, Layer Cake is based on a novel, and in the book he get shot just like in the movie, however, unlike the movie that's not where the story ends. In the book, he's in a coma for 6 weeks but ultimately survives and moves to Venezuela. So, in theory that is how a sequel could be possible, but while Statham is fine in standard action fair he is not the caliber of actor that Craig is and I'm just going to guess that whoever they hire as director probably won't be of the same
So like many other films, Layer Cake is based on a novel, and in the book he get shot just like in the movie, however, unlike the movie that's not where the story ends. In the book, he's in a coma for 6 weeks but ultimately survives and moves to Venezuela. So, in theory that is how a sequel could be possible, but while Statham is fine in standard action fair he is not the caliber of actor that Craig is and I'm just going to guess that whoever they hire as director probably won't be of the same caliber as Vaughan.
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3:47PM on 11/11/2013

As long as Statham is not taking over James Bond too.

Statham continues to be that one guy who can't seem to say 'no' to anything. I remember when I really liked Statham, back in the "Lock, Stock" and "Snatch" days, even in the "The Bank Job" I liked him. Now he's a sell out. He can replace Craig in the Layer Cake sequel, just don't offer him the role James Bond once Craig steps aside.
Statham continues to be that one guy who can't seem to say 'no' to anything. I remember when I really liked Statham, back in the "Lock, Stock" and "Snatch" days, even in the "The Bank Job" I liked him. Now he's a sell out. He can replace Craig in the Layer Cake sequel, just don't offer him the role James Bond once Craig steps aside.
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4:29PM on 11/11/2013
Statham said no to the Fast 6 villain.
Statham said no to the Fast 6 villain.
5:15PM on 11/11/2013
Uhhh, did you see fast 6?
Uhhh, did you see fast 6?
5:15PM on 11/11/2013
Uhhh, did you see fast 6?
Uhhh, did you see fast 6?
8:34PM on 11/11/2013
Uhh, yes I did see Fast 6. But if what I said wasn't specific enough for you, Statham turned down Luke Evans' role in Fast 6.
Uhh, yes I did see Fast 6. But if what I said wasn't specific enough for you, Statham turned down Luke Evans' role in Fast 6.
3:46PM on 11/11/2013

Do not want sequel

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
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3:37PM on 11/11/2013
No need for a sequel when the best qualities isn't involved anymore.
No need for a sequel when the best qualities isn't involved anymore.
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3:37PM on 11/11/2013

Jason.

I like the first one a fair bit, pretty good film all round. I just think with statham in the lead it's gonna feel like a totally different kind of film. Statham is a decent action star, but I've never really thought of him as a good actor and I think a role like this requires that.

Unless the follow up goes in a totally different direction.
I like the first one a fair bit, pretty good film all round. I just think with statham in the lead it's gonna feel like a totally different kind of film. Statham is a decent action star, but I've never really thought of him as a good actor and I think a role like this requires that.

Unless the follow up goes in a totally different direction.
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3:31PM on 11/11/2013
I thought Layer Cake was a really good film with an unknown Daniel Craig at the time. I am a bit disappointed that Craig will not be returning, but it's not like Statham is a bad choice at all. Intact, he might even be better.
I thought Layer Cake was a really good film with an unknown Daniel Craig at the time. I am a bit disappointed that Craig will not be returning, but it's not like Statham is a bad choice at all. Intact, he might even be better.
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3:33PM on 11/11/2013
Good joke!
Good joke!
3:47PM on 11/11/2013
Dammit, stop it soloist. Haha
Dammit, stop it soloist. Haha
11:06PM on 11/11/2013
I was being sarcastic with this one. Just wanted to see the reaction I'd get.
I was being sarcastic with this one. Just wanted to see the reaction I'd get.
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