Jason Statham is in talks to join the cast of the thriller “Echelon” to play the lead character of Nick Stone in “Echelon”, a film adaptation of Andy McNab’s espionage novel “Firewall” for Hyde Park Entertainment and Imagenation Abu Dhabi reports Variety.
In the book, the third of a series of twelve starring the character, Stone is an ex-SAS officer turned freelance intelligence officer who works on risky deniable operations for cash.
Hired to kidnap a Russian mafia warlord and deliver him to St. Petersburg, he soon finds himself raiding a house in the cold wastes of Estonia where Russia has launched an online offensive to tap into the West’s military secrets – secrets the Russians, the Americans, the Brits and rival mafia gangs all want to get their hands on.
Eric Bana was previously attached to the lead role. Simon Crane makes his directorial debut on the project which Bonnie Timmerman and Ashok Amritraj will produce from a script by McNab and John Connor.