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In the last few years, Jason Statham has taken on a role similar to Dwayne Johnson in that if you add him to an existing franchise, things tend to get a little more interesting.

His appearance after the credits of "Fast and Furious 6" set up what is sure to be a can't-miss turn as the latest villain for the car action franchise. Statham was a little hesitant to talk "Fast 7" details when he sat down with MTV News' Josh Horowitz, but he explained why his near-miss appearance in "Fast 6" didn't happen.

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Escape from New York

We might not be too thrilled about producer Joel Silver and Studio Canal's upcoming remake of "Escape from New York," but we can get behind the actors they're looking at for it.

The New York Daily News reports that Jason Statham and Tom Hardy are the top two choices for the upcoming movie. They have taken over those spots from former favorites Gerard Butler and Jeremy Renner now that the "Escape from New York" reboot has renewed life.

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When watching a Jason Statham movie, you have to begin to wonder just how much ass he's kicked over the course of his career. Thankfully, a new infographic has all of the answers that you so desperately seek.

Also, find out what several famous "Star Wars" expressions actually mean in English in today's Dailies!

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Jason Statham sure knows how to start a relationship out on the right foot. In an exclusive new clip from his upcoming movie "Parker," Statham tests whether he can trust Jennifer Lopez the only way he knows how: By telling her to strip.

Of course, he has a valid reason for asking her to take off her clothes: He wants to see if she has a wire on her. Still, the demand doesn't seem to go over too well judging by the expression on J.Lo's face.

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The first trailer for "Parker," the new Jason Statham movie based on the Donald E. Westlake books, has a few elements that we've noticed in Statham movies of yore. Shall we list them?

A priest disguise ("Expendables 2")

A heist

A principled criminal

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James Franco

Categorize this news in "dream casting we didn't know we wanted until now": James Franco will be starring opposite Jason Statham in the upcoming Sylvester Stallone-penned action-thriller "Homefront."

Variety broke the news, adding that "Don't Say A Word" and "Kiss the Girls" director Gary Fleder will helm the project. While "Homefront" is a movie that totally makes sense for Stallone and Statham, it's Franco's inclusion that has us really intrigued.

The script follows an ex-DEA agent, played by Statham, who moves his family to a new town "hoping to escape his past." But the supposedly quiet town they move to is actually overrun with violence and drugs, headed off by an "evil meth magnate" who will be played by Franco. Expect explosions and epic fight scenes to ensue after that.

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We were thrilled by the thought of Jason Statham joining Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and the rest of "The Fast and the Furious" gang for not one, but two new films for the franchise. Stathman is no stranger to action and explosions having been in "The Expendables," "Killer Elite," and three "Transporter" movies. To see him show off his driving skills would be the sugar, spice and everything nice badass dreams are made of.

We were abruptly woken from our dream, however, when reality knocked on our door to the deliver the unfortunate news that the franchise will have to continue on without him. Twitch Film reported that the actor has turned down the offer.

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It's never a good idea to come between Jason Statham and whatever he wants. In the case of "Safe," that's a young girl, who's wanted by the cops, the Russians and the Triads.

Yeah, they don't stand a chance.

In these exclusive photos from the upcoming action film, we get a look at Statham as Luke Wright, the former elite agent, who takes a special interest in protecting the young girl. Her photographic memory contains a series of numbers that every crooked organization in Manhattan wants to get their hands on.

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In Jason Statham's upcoming film "Safe," he's finally found a girl worth fighting for. Except, in this case, she's only 12 years old.

The "Transporter" star plays a former New York cop who gets caught in a tricky situation when he spots some men attempting to capture a young girl in a subway station. After incapacitating them and rescuing the girl (could this technically be kidnapping? I guess we'll find out in the movie), he discovers that the reason the men are after her is because she has the ability to memorize anything placed in front of her, and this time she memorized something pretty darn important.

The series of numbers she was forced to remember are a code, but a code for what? Apparently it's for something important enough to go to war over.

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Jason Statham's name has been thrown around quite a bit in the past two weeks. Last week, rumors began circulating that Statham could potentially join the next two installments of the "Fast and the Furious" series, which would film back-to-back. Now similar talk surrounds a different car-related franchise.

Variety reported this morning that the next two "Transformers" movies could film back-to-back and star — guess who — Jason Statham. The report comes months after rumors first surface that the British action star could take the reigns once the current lead, Shia LaBeouf, left the series. But when MTV News spoke with Statham at last month's Toronto International Film Festival, he claimed to know nothing about the "Transformers" talk.

"You know, I don't know how those things start. You read them. Someone told me about it. [But] the internet is a dangerous place," he laughed. "There's a lot of stuff out there."

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