Actor Jason Statham will no longer star alongside Kevin Hart in “The Man from Toronto,” a film that had been slated to start shooting some time in the spring. A creative dispute between Statham and studio Sony Pictures led to a parting of ways just six weeks before production was expected to begin.
In “The Man from Toronto,” Statham was tapped to play the world’s deadliest assassin. He’s forced to team up with Teddy, played by Kevin Hart, after the two are mistaken for one another at an Airbnb rental. Though they have to save the day, the two have a much harder time coexisting with one another.
Statham, who recently completed work on Guy Ritchie’s “Cash Truck,” reportedly left “The Man from Toronto” before a pay-or-play deal would have contractually guaranteed him payment without appearing in the project. After the mix-up, Statham also reportedly parted ways with WME, the agency that had been representing him.
Sony Pictures has reportedly reached out to other stars to fill the role, but no names were made public. Hart’s attachment to the project has thus far not changed as a result of Statham’s exit.
The Man From Toronto was reportedly scheduled for release on November 20, 2020, so we’ll have to see if it keeps that date or not.