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Jason Statham will train Ben Foster in “The Mechanic”

By Sean O’Connell Jason Statham has been a “Transporter,” a “Crank” head, the head of a “Bank Job,” and an “Expendable” soldier. But a “Mechanic”? That’s something new.

In a release, CBS Films announced that it has acquired the U.S. distribution rights for Simon West’s “The Mechanic,” which stars Statham, Ben Foster and Donald Sutherland. The company plans a Spring 2011 release.

A remake of the 1972 action thriller starring Charles Bronson, “The Mechanic” follows an elite hit man (Statham) as he teaches his trade to an apprentice (Foster) who has a connection to one of his previous victims.

“We look forward to working with the CBS Films team on releasing this movie,” stated producers Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff, who also produced the original film. “CBS Films possesses a refreshing, constructive energy and we are excited with their game plan to bring this exhilarating film to audiences.”

West has directed such action thrillers as “Con Air” and “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” with Angelina Jolie. Statham, meanwhile, will be seen in Sylvester Stallone’s “The Expendables,” which opens on Friday.

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