Chris Vance cast as lead in 'Transporter' TV show -- EXCLUSIVE


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British actor Chris Vance (Prison Break, Burn Notice) has been cast as the lead in the TV version of the Transporter action movie franchise, EW can report exclusively. Vance will play expert driver and “professional transporter” Frank Martin — the role which was originated on the big screen by his fellow Brit, Jason Statham. The show is being executive produced by Luc Besson, who co-wrote all three of the Transporter movies. The first season will be shot this summer in Canada and Europe and then be broadcast on Cinemax next year. “It’s high octance,” Vance told EW, when asked to give a flavor of what viewers can expect. “Fast-paced. Action-packed. Car chases. Stunts. Fights, Beautiful girls. Villains. Heroes. Guns. It should be a lot of fun.”

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Has Jason Statham called to wish you good luck?
CHRIS VANCE: Not yet. I’m sure I’ll cross paths with Jason down the line and we’ll have a good old chat about it then.

Were they always looking for a Brit to fill his shoes?
I don’t know that they were looking for a Brit. But the character is British, so they were looking for someone that could make that believable.

Your Prison Break costar Robert Knepper was in Transporter 3. Did you ask him to give the producers a reference?
[Laughs] I didn’t actually, no. Although I did enjoy Robert’s performance. I thought he was hilarious.

Are you having to do a lot of martial arts training?
I’m doing a bit. I’m on a fitness program at the moment. It’s more stamina work than anything, because we will be shooting for five months and that’s a long time to sustain all the physical activites that we’ve got on the show. The stunt guys that worked on the movies are coordinating all the stunts and the action sequences and everything for the series. They’re all very experienced. I’ll be working with them and whatever I can do, I’ll do.

What kind of driver are you in real life?
[Laughs] Like everybody else in the world: fantastic.

What was the last thing you transported?
Probably my dog to the vet. It went well. We made it back.

A lot of people will know you from Burn Notice. Could you tell me one Bruce Campbell story?
Bruce Campbell! [Laughs] At Comic-Con last year, Bruce basically paid the audience to like him. Every time some one was very complimentary about him he handed them a couple of dollars. It was fantastic. A great strategy on his part.

Will you be adopting it?
I think that just works for Bruce.

Read more:
Jason Statham on 11 movies: In his own words

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  • harry


  • Ryan

    Met him signing autographs with the Burn Notice cast at that Comic Com. Friendly guy.

  • Mr. So & So

    He looks like a straighter Ryan Seacrest in that pic lol.

  • Alan Carver

    I loved that FOX invested into an entire season of MENTAL! He was great in that show and they clearly only wanted a season of it! Thank you FOX! I cannot wait to see him again as a lead on this up-coming show!

  • Miranda

    Yay! Good news. He deserves his own show. Great actor.

  • Fido

    Great to hear so long as….

    If the series is anything like the first 2 movies, then yippee yippe wowwowo. Loved them. All the action, fighting and guns tracers smoke thingies.
    But is it’s ANYTHING like No3, nonono nononon noo, please don’t do that, No3 was horrible. The story was there but the inception(?), the shooting of the fight scenes – all choppy and disjointed, the peeing in the store, the getting hitched at the end. Icky ickness in abundance.

    So give us well shot fightings using all manner of implements, give us bullet smoke trails by the bucket load, and keep No3s director at least 10miles away from set – though it might well have been the editor’s fault so keep him/her away too.

  • George

    This might be good enough to replace the void fox left with Human Target. Fox really doesn’t need audience there so high American Idol commercial profits.

    • Denise

      looking forward to seeing Mark Valley back on. And I really enjoy Harry’s Law.

  • TLZ

    “The first season will be shot this summer in Canada and Europe and then be broadcast on Cinemax next year” – Not FOX

  • Carol Atsave

    I love the show “Transporter,” and I love Chris Vance in the part! He does such an excellent job not only in acting, but his skills in martial arts are so exciting to watch and his bravado gets all the ladies. I love how he is protector of the weak and destroyer of evil. Using his wit and physical strength, he’s a regular Superman, better than James Bond with all of his technology. What a guy!! Will he be in a new movie soon? How often will his show air on TV? I love the show and Chris Vance.

    • Denise

      I must have missed the Show. I understood it wasn’t going to be on till 2012? He’s young sexy & a wonderful actor. Looking forward to it.

  • Jihed Ben Hammadi

    After the Transporter, Chris Vance will be launched in Hollywood world .. He’s a great actor and deserves to be in the 1st Class of Hollywood stars ..

  • Silberankauf

    Ihre Webseite ist in facto (lat.) nur zu nahebringen, ich werde mit absoluter Pfand zum wiederholten Mal mal sittsam (sich etwas) reinziehen.

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