Statham and Transporter 3 is Official

Jason Statham talked about coming back for “Transporter 3″ last year, but things are never really final until Variety reports it, and today the trade paper is reporting that “Transporter 3″ is, in fact, a go with Statham back on board to star again, and Olivier Megaton taking over the directorial reins from Louis Leterrier.

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Jason Statham will reprise his role as mercenary driver/delivery man Frank in “Transporter 3,” the next installment in EuropaCorp’s shoot-‘em-up franchise.

He will reteam with co-star Francois Berleand, while Robert Knepper (“Prison Break”) has joined the cast.

However, Louis Leterrier, who helmed the first two pics, has been replaced by Olivier Megaton (“Exit,” “The Red Siren”), who was second-unit director on EuropaCorp’s “Hitman.”

Pic, which will be produced by EuropaCorp principal Luc Besson and Steve Chasman, will shoot for 16 weeks in Russia and France.

I love the addition of Robert Knepper. For my money, he’s the best thing about the Prison Break TV series. Who doesn’t love T-bag?

Statham and Transporter 3 is Official