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Jason Statham will train Ben Foster in “The Mechanic”

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: 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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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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