Jason Statham - Jason Statham, Tom Hardy up for Escape from New York

Jason Statham and Tom Hardy are up for the lead role in 'Escape from New York'.

The action stars are reportedly the top contenders to play Snake Plissken in StudioCanal's remake of the 1981 classic film, which starred Kurt Russell as the eye-patch wearing convict.

A source told the New York Daily News: ''Jason is the type of actor who has the physical attributes and screen presence to reprise Snake. He has a proven track record as a leading man and would do a great job.''

However producers are also thought to be impressed by Hardy's portrayal of the villainous Bane in last year's summer blockbuster, 'The Dark Knight Rises'.

The source added: ''Tom was immense in 'The Dark Knight Rises' and deserves to get a break in a top role. This could put him firmly in the A-list.''

''StudioCanal wants to make sure they get one of the two men before the summer.''

The original movie starred Russell as a convict tasked with saving the United States president, who is taken hostage in a futuristic Manhattan, where anarchy is rife.

The remake was first set up at New Line Cinema with 'Olympus Has Fallen' star Gerard Butler and 'The Avengers' actor Jeremy Renner hotly tipped to play Snake, but the studio gave up the rights to the film in 2011.

Statham recently starred in Taylor Hackford's 'Parker' alongside Jennifer Lopez and will next be seen in 'Hummingbird', while Hardy is set to star in next year's remake of 'Mad Max'.


Tags: Jason Statham - Tom Hardy - Kurt Russell - Gerard Butler - Jeremy Renner


More Jason Statham

The Expendables 3 Reassembles The Troops

Sylvester Stallone and his franchise for ageing action stars is back! Yes, the gang has nearly doubled for the latest Expendables adventure, stirring in big-named...

The Expendables 3 Movie Review

Striking a tone somewhere between the po-faced original and the silly Part 2, this rampaging action nonsense is badly overcrowded and chaotic, but there's plenty...

'The Expendables 3' Is Saved By Mel Gibson's Clever Conrad Stonebanks

The Expendables 3 isn't great -but you knew that already. It's essentially Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham shooting people's heads off, so it can't be...

A Week In Movies: Expendables And Bradley Cooper Spotted In London, New Trailers For St. Vincent, Into The Woods And More

The world premiere of The Expendables 3 took place this week in London, attended by Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas, Kellan Lutz and Wesley...


The Expendables 3 World Premiere [Pictures]

The sun beamed down on a range of A-Z-list celebs last night (August 4) as The Expendables 3 enjoyed its world premiere in London.As well...

The Expendables 3 Trailer

The cast of 'The Expendables 3' discuss the upcoming action film in a short featurette. Among them are Wesley Snipes, Harrison Ford, Glen Powell, Sylvester...

‘Fast & Furious 7’ Release Pulled Forward To April 3rd After Paul Walker Death Delay

The release date of the next Fast & Furious movie has been pulled forward by a week from the 10th April to the 3rd April...

Cast Of "Expendables 3" Tanks At Cannes. Literally.

Tanks at Cannes – if anyone could pull it off, it had to be Sly Stallone and company. Stallone and Expendables 3 costars made their...



Jason Statham Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Jason Statham

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All