I’ve expressed my tentative excitement for Parker, Taylor Hackford’s upcoming adaptation of Richard Stark’s infamous character. Parker’s a consummate professional criminal, a hardnosed badass, and the star of a stellar series of books. Jason Statham has been cast as the titular Parker, which is good because I like Statham, and he’s got the right kind of badassness for it, though I don’t remember Parker kung-fu’ing his enemies too much.
Anyway, the casting is rolling right along, and now Michael Chiklis has been tapped to play the bad guy. No word on who that bad guy will be, but it’s solid casting and should be a fun role for Chiklis. The other cast members so far are solid — Wendell “Bunk” Pierce and Clifton Collins, Jr. are also on board. The big x-factor is the female lead - Jennifer Lopez is in talks. Although, this is the perfect opportunity for her to shed her J-Lo image and go back to her Out Of Sight-style acting. That’d be swell, no?
Anyway, here’s your obilgatory shirtless pic of The Statham. Enjoy.