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: