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Jason Statham Cast in Bee Keeper Thriller Movie | Screen Rant

Miramax has cast Jason Statham to star in its upcoming big-budget thriller The Bee KeeperStatham is one of the most successful working action stars in Hollywood today with over $7.8 billion in box office profits under his belt. He's best known for playing the villain Deckard Shaw in the Fast & Furious franchise beginning with a cameo in Fast & Furious 6. He's acted in a host of action and thriller movies including The Italian Job, The Expendables series, Spy, and The Meg, many of which hinge on Statham's star power.

Per Deadline, Statham has joined the cast of The Bee Keeper in a starring role. Statham brings his box office bankability to a film that's already invested seven figures. Details of Statham's role haven't been revealed, including whether the actor has been cast in the lead role. Statham has also signed on in a producing role alongside screenwriter Kurt Wimmer and Miramax CEO Bill Block. Wimmer has also written Salt and Law Abiding Citizen, as well as reboots of Total Recall, Point Break, The Thomas Crown Affair, and Children of the CornFilming is set to begin in 2022 in Atlanta and in London, and the project is seeking a director.

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It's impossible to determine the exact audience for an action-thriller about the insect world, but the bee clade has been more present in the public consciousness of late as campaigns to save endangered honeybees gain traction. Beekeeping has also grown in popularity among environmentally conscious millennial and Gen-Z hobbyists in recent years. Regardless, any box office success will likely be due to the failsafe Statham-in-action formula rather than the rise in amateur apiculture.

This will be Statham's third in a string of recent films with Miramax after Five Eyes and Wrath of Man, both of which were directed by Guy Ritchie. Plot details for The Bee Keeper haven't been released, but the film is pitched as a fast-paced, action-heavy thriller that's "steeped in the mythology of beekeeping." Block promises that the legend of the bugs will resonate with audiences on a human level:

The Bee Keeper explores universal themes with an unconventional story that will have fans sitting on the edge of their seats.

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Source: Deadline

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