Woody Steps Up After The Stath Quits

Woody Harrelson has signed a deal with Columbia Pictures to replace Jason Statham in the upcoming action-comedy movie The Man From Toronto.

Statham dropped out of the project following a dispute about the film’s planned rating. He was believed to have wanted the movie – which would see him reunited with Kevin Hart after they briefly shared scenes in the Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw – to be an R-rated story, while studio executives wanted were aiming for a PG-13.

So now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, it will be Harrelson who stars opposite Hart in the project which is currently just weeks away from shooting.

Harrelson was brought in thanks in part to the success of both Zombieland movies, which were made by Columbia Pictures, as well as recently wrapping up his appearance in the upcoming Venom 2.

He will star as the “world’s deadliest assassin”, known as the titular Man from Toronto, whilst Hart is on board to play Teddy, a New York City native who is mistaken for the professional killer in a rented Airbnb.

The Man From Toronto is being directed by Patrick Hughes (The Hitman’s Bodyguard) from a script by Robbie Fox, who worked alongside producer Jason Blumenthal on the story.

After finding a replacement for Statham, Sony and Columbia Pictures are still hoping the project will be ready for a November release.