Jason Statham has revealed that a sequel to Layer Cake is in the pipeline.

Jason Statham

Jason Statham

Statham is set to replace Daniel Craig in the central role as JJ Connolly's follow up novel Viva La Madness is being adapted for the big screen.

Statham says that they are 'doing something great' with the book and described the project as the 'most exciting thing on my plate.'

Speaking to Digital Spy, the actor said: "JJ Connelly's written a great book called Viva La Madness, and we're taking that book and doing something great with it. He's such a talented writer... the book was incredible. I loved Layer Cake and this is [if anything] better.

"The chance to work with someone of that calibre, do something back home, it's the most exciting thing on my plate... We're doing it next year, and it's full steam ahead. We're putting all the finance together, and we're off and racing."

While a director is yet to be announced for the project Connelly is on board to adapt his own book into a screenplay.

It was back in 2004 when Layer Cake hit the big screen starring Craig, Sienna Miller and Michael Gambon and was the feature film directorial debut for British filmmaker Matthew Vaughn.

As for Statham, he is set to return to the big screen next week in new action/comedy Spy, which sees him team up with director Paul Feig for the first time.

We are not use to seeing Statham tackle comedy roles - but Feig has hinted that the actor really will steal the show. He is joined on the cast list by Melissa McCarthy, Jude Law, and Allison Janney.

The actor has already enjoyed box office success this year with Fast & Furious 7, which is the highest grossing movie of 2015 so far. Statham was one of the new faces on the cast list as he took on the role of Deckard Shaw alongside Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson.

The actor has also completed work on Mechanic: Resurrection - a sequel to the 2011 - and will reprise the role of Arthur Bishop. Dennis Gansel has taken over the director's chair from Simon West and the movie will be released next April.


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