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Action hero is returning to his British crime caper roots after tying up a deal to produce and star in Viva La Madness, the sequel to 2004's Layer Cake. Taking over the role first played by , Statham plays the unnamed anti-hero, who, having survived the gunshot wound suffered at the end of Layer Cake, is "pulled back into the drug game before he can escape to a sunny retirement."

Both Layer Cake and Viva La Madness are based on novels by J.J. Connolly and the novelist returns once more to pen the script, which promises to be "an authentic but dazzling combination of London low-life, Caribbean high-life and Venezuelan drug cartels toting machine-guns in Mayfair."

Statham made his name in British indies Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, so it will be exciting to see him return to the London gangster genre.


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