Michael Chiklis Joins Parker


Michael Chiklis is the latest name to join the cast of Taylor Hackford’s upcoming Parker, Deadline reports.

Based on the crime novels by Donald E. Westlake (under the pen name Richard Stark), the series tells the ongoing story of a criminal anti-hero who lives by his own code of ethics. The first novel in the series, “The Hunter” has been previously (and loosely) adapted for the silver screen with Lee Marvin playing the Parker equivalent in Point Blank, Chow Yun-fat doing the part in Full Contact and, most recently, Mel Gibson offering his take in Payback.

The new version will feature Jason Statham in the lead with Clifton Collins Jr and Wendell Pierce confirmed to appear as well. Jennifer Lopez is also said to be in negotations to play the female lead. Chiklis’ character is unspecified, but he will play the central villain which could be an amalgamation of villainous characters from various novels.

If all goes according to plan, Parker will shoot in New Orleans beginning next month.

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