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Jason Statham & Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Parker’ Bumped To January 25, 2013

Jason Statham & Jennifer Lopez's 'Parker' Bumped To January 25, 2013

You know, this was going to be a snarkier post but then we dug up this set photo of Jason Statham wearing a goddamn cowboy hat, and “Parker” is now our most anticipated movie of 2013. Jason Statham has done a lot things in his career — most of them variations on the same theme — but we have never seen him wear a ten gallon hat, and dude pulls it off. If the rest of his warddrobe for “Parker” is this outlandish, we simply can’t wait.

Originally slated to arrive on October 12th, FilmDistrict has moved the movie back to January 25, 2013, which might seem like a retreat, but considering R-rated genre fare like “Contraband” and “The Grey” both opened around the same frame this year at number one, it seems like the indie house is hoping to duplicate that success. And there is some pedigree behind this one, with “Ray” director Taylor Hackford at the helm of a thriller based on the character created by Donald E. Westlake — already portrayed on screen by Mel Gibson in “Payback” and Lee Marvin in “Point Blank” (those are some big hats shoes to fill, Statham). And rather than being based on any single book, this Parker will be lifted and plopped into a fresh adventure in a script by John J. McLaughlin, who co-wrote “Black Swan.” 

Add to that a supporting cast that includes Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte, Michael Chiklis and Wendell Pierce, and this is either going to be a great little B-movie or completely bonkers. We kind of hope it’s both. At the very least it can’t be any worse than “Transporter 2,” which we just watched again on TV recently — it was even dumber than we remembered. [BoxOfficeMojo]

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Artstyle

WOW !! Nice :D

Sarah

I cannot understand how Jennifer Lopez can do so many other things at one time aside from her filming Parker: record an album, her music videos, perform her music on stage, be a judge on American Idol, make all these TV commercials (venus razors, L'Oreal Makeup, Stereo equipment, Fiat Cars, promote her Khol's clothing line, etc., and still be able to turn out a good performance in "Parker". Whereas most credible actors and actresses take a major movie role seriously, and their main focus is on rehearsing and perfecting their character for that movie role. Apparently Jennifer Lopez seems to think she's special and can do it all.

TheoC

I like Statham, but I love Parker. Parker would never wear that fucking hat.

eloise

They're adapting Flashfire.

Stephen B

Having read the books, I am assuming the huge cowboy hat is not part of the character's regular wardrobe, but rather a disguise to make him look like a rich jackass.

Fred

As a Statham defender/devil's advocate around these parts, I must agree that "Transporter 2" was indeed painful, much moreso than his next weakest project up the list.

Ansabak

It's about time they paired up, Jay Lo and Statuam, this is gonna fabolous. @Ansabak

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