Twitch reports that a deal couldn't be worked out and Statham won't be starring in the film. Bummer dude. As the star of three "The Transporter" movies, two "The Expendables," two "Crank" flicks and a variety of indistinguishable action pics, it's not as if he has a discerning palette. But perhaps he just didn't want to be third wheel in a franchise already greased with characters to keep track of. After all, nobody wants to come second to Paul Walker.
Anyway, the Justin Lin-helmed flick starts shooting next month and will hit theaters on May 24, 2013.