Jason Statham pulls out of new Kevin Hart movie 'weeks before shooting'

Jason Statham has pulled out of his new action-comedy with Kevin Hart just weeks before it was set to start shooting.

Statham was all set to make The Man From Toronto with the Jumanji star, but sources tell Deadline that he has quit the production just four week ahead of cameras rolling.

The Expendables 3 and The Hitman's Bodyguard director Patrick Hughes is helming the project, and seemingly now has a Stath-sized hole to fill.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 23: Jason Statham attends the "Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw" Special Screening at The Curzon Mayfair on July 23, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
Jason Statham attends the "Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw" Special Screening at The Curzon Mayfair on July 23, 2019. (Mike Marsland/WireImage)

According to the report, Statham had issues with the studio wishing to make a PG-13 movie with a release planned in the run-up to Thanksgiving in the US, rather than an adult R-rating.

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It's hoped that Sony Pictures can replace Statham while still keeping Hart involved in the project.

Deadline also reports that Statham has quit his agency, WME, which he signed to last year, in the wake of the departure from the movie.

Kevin Hart, an executive producer of the FX comedy series "Dave," takes part in a panel discussion on the show at the 2020 FX Networks Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Kevin Hart (Credit: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

In the movie, Statham was set to play the world's deadliest assassin – the titular 'Man from Toronto' – who is involved in a case of mistaken identity with Hart’s character, described as ‘New York's biggest screw up', involving a bungled Airbnb booking.

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The plot had the the odd couple teaming up for clearly not as violent a caper as Statham was hoping for.

The British hardman also has another movie in the offing, however, which teamed him with long-time collaborator Guy Ritchie.

Heist-actioner Cash Truck, a remake of the 2004 French movie Le Convoyeur, also stars Scott Eastwood and Josh Hartnett, and is currently in post-production ahead of release in January, 2021.