Jason Statham & Jennifer Lopez's 'Parker' Bumped To January 25, 2013

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by Kevin Jagernauth
March 20, 2012 10:19 AM
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You know, this was going to be a snarkier post but then we dug up this set photo of Jason Statham wearing a goddamn cowboy hat, and "Parker" is now our most anticipated movie of 2013. Jason Statham has done a lot things in his career -- most of them variations on the same theme -- but we have never seen him wear a ten gallon hat, and dude pulls it off. If the rest of his warddrobe for "Parker" is this outlandish, we simply can't wait.

Originally slated to arrive on October 12th, FilmDistrict has moved the movie back to January 25, 2013, which might seem like a retreat, but considering R-rated genre fare like "Contraband" and "The Grey" both opened around the same frame this year at number one, it seems like the indie house is hoping to duplicate that success. And there is some pedigree behind this one, with "Ray" director Taylor Hackford at the helm of a thriller based on the character created by Donald E. Westlake — already portrayed on screen by Mel Gibson in “Payback” and Lee Marvin in “Point Blank” (those are some big hats shoes to fill, Statham). And rather than being based on any single book, this Parker will be lifted and plopped into a fresh adventure in a script by John J. McLaughlin, who co-wrote “Black Swan.” 

Add to that a supporting cast that includes Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte, Michael Chiklis and Wendell Pierce, and this is either going to be a great little B-movie or completely bonkers. We kind of hope it's both. At the very least it can't be any worse than "Transporter 2," which we just watched again on TV recently -- it was even dumber than we remembered. [BoxOfficeMojo]

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10 Comments

  • Artstyle | March 21, 2012 11:23 AMReply

    WOW !! Nice :D

  • Sarah | March 20, 2012 6:31 PMReply

    I cannot understand how Jennifer Lopez can do so many other things at one time aside from her filming Parker: record an album, her music videos, perform her music on stage, be a judge on American Idol, make all these TV commercials (venus razors, L'Oreal Makeup, Stereo equipment, Fiat Cars, promote her Khol's clothing line, etc., and still be able to turn out a good performance in "Parker". Whereas most credible actors and actresses take a major movie role seriously, and their main focus is on rehearsing and perfecting their character for that movie role. Apparently Jennifer Lopez seems to think she's special and can do it all.

  • Yod | March 20, 2012 11:30 PM

    "Apparently Jennifer Lopez seems to think she's special and can do it all"

    Reading your comment it appears she IS doing it all. Good on her. It also appears you're a bit green with envy.

  • JamesB. | March 20, 2012 7:56 PM

    This movie is all about Jason, nonetheless J.Lo has prepared for the role months in advanced, she is also familiar with the character and knows she will be good for the role. I think this time she is @ her best.

  • TheoC | March 20, 2012 1:15 PMReply

    I like Statham, but I love Parker. Parker would never wear that fucking hat.

  • eloise | March 20, 2012 12:56 PMReply

    They're adapting Flashfire.

  • DAWN RAZOR | March 21, 2012 4:36 AM

    Yes - what Eloise said. It's not an original story, it's an adaptation of Flashfire.

  • Stephen B | March 20, 2012 11:13 AMReply

    Having read the books, I am assuming the huge cowboy hat is not part of the character's regular wardrobe, but rather a disguise to make him look like a rich jackass.

  • Fred | March 20, 2012 11:08 AMReply

    As a Statham defender/devil's advocate around these parts, I must agree that "Transporter 2" was indeed painful, much moreso than his next weakest project up the list.

  • Ansabak | March 20, 2012 10:41 AMReply

    It's about time they paired up, Jay Lo and Statuam, this is gonna fabolous. @Ansabak

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