James Franco to star alongside Jason Statham in Homefront

News Ryan Lambie
1 Aug 2012 - 07:23

Jason Statham will star in the forthcoming Homefront, and it now has a villain – James Franco…

This site wouldn’t be the same without the occasional piece of Statham news, so here it is: James Franco is set to appear as the antagonist to the husky voiced action star’s hero in Homefront, an adaptation of a novel by Chuck Logan. 

The script’s been written by Expendables craftsman and Statham chum Sylvester Stallone, and Homefront sounds like typically macho stuff, even if the canvas is rather smaller than the Stath’s previous action outings; the actor will play the lead role of Phil Broker, whose family move to a small Minnesota town after a terrorist attack, only to end up in a bitter feud with another local clan.

Apparently, Franco will play a drug dealer called Gator, who’s powerful enough to have the local cops in his back pocket, and will (we’re guessing) end up in some sort of protracted fist-fight with Jason Statham.

Homefront will be directed by Gary Fleder – whose name might be familiar if you were a fan of the ensemble thriller Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead (1995 – "Boat drinks"), Philip K Dick adaptation Impostor (2002) or John Cusack thriller Runaway Jury (2003).

Filming on Homefront will begin on the 24th September, which probably means the movie will be out at some point in 2013, along with the movies Parker and Hummingbird. Doesn’t Statham ever take a holiday?

Hollywood Reporter

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