Jason Statham Set for Crank 2


Jason Statham will reprise the role of hitman Chev Chelios in Crank 2: High Voltage for Lionsgate and Lakeshore Entertainment.

The two companies are also teaming on Game, starring Gerard Butler. Michael C. Hall has signed on to co-star in the futuristic thriller.

Both films, which are being shot back to back, are written and directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the team that created the 2006 sleeper hit Crank.

Lionsgate will handle North American distribution, while Lakeshore will handle international distribution.

In “Crank 2,” Chelios faces a Chinese mobster who has stolen his nearly indestructible heart and replaced it with a battery-powered ticker that requires regular jolts of electricity to keep working.

Game is a high-concept thriller set in a dystopian future. Amber Valletta, Logan Lerman, Alison Lohman, John Leguizamo, Johnny Whitworth, Zoe Bell and Kyra Sedgwick round out the cast. Principal photography begins November 5 in Albuquerque, N.M.