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Watch: Jason Statham Shows His Acting Chops In Trailer For Steven Knight's 'Hummingbird'

by Oliver Lyttelton
March 22, 2013 1:21 PM
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Jason Statham's known for pretty much one thing: cracking heads. From "The Transporter" to his most recent film "Parker," if you see his big bald mug on the poster, you can be pretty sure that the film's going to involve the actor kicking seven shades of shit out of anyone that crosses his path (with the possible exception of "Gnomeo & Juliet."). If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Or ideally, hit it with an iron pipe until it's broke.

To some degree, "Hummingbird," the actor's next starring role seems to fit under the Stathspolitation genre, fits right in, but it's got a little bit more of a pedigree than usual, and from the looks of the trailer that just hit Yahoo, we might have something a little different from the actor this time around.

Marking the directorial debut of Steven Knight, who won acclaim with his scripts for "Dirty Pretty Things" and "Eastern Promises," it sees Statham play a haunted, homeless ex-soldier who takes on another man's identity and becomes involved in organized crime in London's Chinatown. The new trailer has a certain amount of ass-kicking going on, but the tone's a bit more muted, leaning more towards drama than action, and very much of a piece with the dark underbelly of London that Knight's shown in his earlier films. Benedict Wong ("Prometheus"), Vicky McClure ("This Is England") and Agata Buzek ("The Reverse") also star.

It remains to be seen how much of a stretch of Statham's acting talents this turns out to be, but we've heard some good things and the clip certainly suggests that Knight has some flair for direction (he's already wrapped on his follow-up, real-time Tom Hardy-starring thriller "Locke"). There's no word on a U.S. release as of yet, but the film hits UK screens on May 17th, and you can watch the trailer below, while the film's UK poster, courtesy of Total Film, is above.

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  • Math | September 27, 2013 12:54 AMReply

    Anybody else kind of think this was a prequel to transporter? The driver comment he made and then when Statham was waiting in the car and overheard the boy and the mom talking about the guessing game he used to play with the boy in transporter 2?

  • Alan B | March 23, 2013 11:49 AMReply

    Is the direction really that exciting or is Knight lucky to be working with one of the best working cinematographers in Chris Menges ('Kes', 'The Mission')?

  • Alan B | March 23, 2013 12:06 PM

    Also, I'll never forget Benedict Wong's ICONIC character in 'Prometheus'. NEVER! That running gag involving the pilots' bet represents Ridley Scott's gift for crafting credible human behavior perfectly. I don't think I'll be able to live without witnessing some kind of prequel (a prequel to a prequel/reboot/whatever the crap Scott called it) involving the two pilots that FINALLY answers the question: when did these two first start laying bets? Big things have shitty beginnings.

  • anuj | March 22, 2013 9:42 PMReply

    i hope this gets a theatre release in north america and doesnt go straight to dvd.

  • Ryan | March 22, 2013 2:14 PMReply

    Maybe all he needed to show off his chops was a little bit of hair?

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