Jason Statham to star in 'Killer Elite'

2:06 PM PST 01/25/2010 by Pip Bulbeck, AP

Thriller based on 'The Feather Men' to be shot in Victoria

SYDNEY -- Jason Statham has signed to star in new Australian action thriller, "The Killer Elite," which will be produced in Victoria this year, the state minister for Innovation Gavin Jennings announced Monday.

Based on the book "The Feather Men," by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, the AUS$32 million ($29 million) feature will be helmed by Irish director Gary McKendry and produced by Australian company Omnilab Media, executive producers on "The Bank Job" which also starred Statham.

The film follows the activities of two secret organizations; The Clinic, consisting of three contract killers, and The Feather Men, an underground group of vigilante killers who protect former and present members of the Special Air Service (SAS) and their families.

"The makers of 'The Killer Elite' will spend at least $29 million and create approximately 250 jobs for Victorians, which is a significant boost to the State's economy," Jennings said.

"It reiterates the Brumby Government's commitment to stimulating production levels that lead to employment and business opportunities across the screen industry."
 
"The Killer Elite" will film in metropolitan and regional locations across Victoria. Pre-production is slated for February with filming expected to start in April.
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