Former “Game of Thrones” star Ed Skrein will take over the role of Frank Martin in the $30 million reboot of the “Transporter” franchise at EuropaCorp.
Jason Statham played the role in the previous three films, while Chris Vance took on the role in the TV series version. This proposed new trilogy of films features a younger Frank Martin which 30-year-old Skrein will now take on.
Though he’s had roles in films like “Ill Manors,” “The Sweeney” and “Piggy,” Skrein is probably best known for his work in the role of Tyroshi warrior and Daenerys love interest Daario Naharis in the most recent season of “Game of Thrones”.
Skrein played the role in the final three episodes of the third season, but isn’t returning to the role for the upcoming fourth season. Michiel Huisman is now taking over that part.
The story returns the action to the French Riviera and is also set to explore Martin’s relationship with his father. Bill Collage and Adam Cooper (“Accepted,” “Tower Heist”) penned the script while Camille Delamarre (“Brick Mansions”) directs and filming begins in June.
EuropaCorp CEO Christophe Lambert says: “We searched everywhere to find a fresh face who had the potential to become an action movie star and we’ve found the right match with Ed Skrein, who’s not only a great actor but also has enough charisma and physical stamina to play Frank Martin with brio”.