Ian McShane has joined the previously-announced Jason Statham, Joan Allen and Tyrese Gibson in Paul W.S. Anderson's remake of the Roger Corman cult classic Death Race at Universal.
The film sees a future America in which prison inmates are forced to brutally compete in an enclosed arena. Statham will play a prisoner who, with only weeks to go before his release, is coerced into being a driver and becomes the crowd favorite called Frankenstein.
Allen will play the warden of the prison who runs the race and ruthlessly forces Statham to enter the arena. McShane will play a coach, while Gibson is a sociopathic racer named Machine Gun Joe who seeks to escape from prison.
Production will start this year with an aim for a September 26, 2008 release.
Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner are producing via their C/W Productions as well as Anderson and his Impact Pictures partner Jeremy Bolt.