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Published on August 14th, 2012 | by Bags Hooper


New Trailer for ‘Transporter’ TV Series Lacks the Statham Heart

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Jason Statham may not be switching over to TV to reprise his iconic action-hero role as the Transporter, but Statham fans were hoping he’d at least be replaced by someone with an edgy look to match the British wit.

The new trailer for the Transporter TV series, brought to the States by Cinemax, features Chris Vance (Dexter, Burn Notice) in the role Statham made famous – at least to action movie savants. He’s got the British down – sure. However, the trailer fails to capture the one-liners and deadly fight scenes Statham is known for.

With The Expendables 2 about to hit theaters, featuring Statham as Lee Christmas, viewers will be reminded of how much Statham kicks butt.

Vance most recently appeared in Dexter and Burn Notice. In Dexter, he was partnered with Season 5’s lead villain, played by Jonny Lee Miller. Coincidentally, Miller is appearing in another questionable “remake” – CBS’ Elementary series, an Americanized version of BBC’s Sherlock.

You can watch the full Transporter trailer below. It doesn’t captures the power that Statham brought to the screen. It focuses more on Vance’s sex appeal and shows only a marginalized fight sequence. If Transporter is hoping to come close Cinemax’s lead action-series Strike Back, it will need to up the action and keep the foreplay to a minimum.

Check out Statham as Lee Christmas in Expendables 2:

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  • Jack LesCamela

    I like Jason Statham and have since seeing LOCK, STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS in the theater. My interest in seeing THE TRANSPORTER movies was two-fold: Statham of course; and Luc Besson, who I’ve been a fan of since seeing La Femme Nikita over twenty years ago.

    Chris Vance isn’t Jason Statham it’s true. That said, he brings different advantages to the table. For one, he’s different in everything I’ve seen him in. The character he played on PRISON BREAK doesn’t resemble the effete villain he portrayed on BURN NOTICE and neither of them seem to resemble how he’s going to play Frank Martin.

    Movies and television series have different strengths and requirements. Vance is capable of handling all the action required for the role, but I’m assuming the show will go into slightly more about the character of Frank, his history, etc. Because that’s what the strengths of tv series play to –whereas a mindless action movie every week would get dull fast.

    It’s silly to make assumptions about the show based on a trailer. A lot of people did that with STRIKE BACK and they’re still picking the crow out of their teeth. Maybe it’ll be a great show, maybe it won’t. We’ll have to wait and see. I for one want it very much to succeed.

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