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Guy Ritchie and Jason Statham film scenes for new thriller in the region

Filming on the untitled spy movie centred around an MI6 agent has already begun

Jason Statham and Guy Ritchie have teamed up on a new action thriller. Getty Images
Jason Statham and Guy Ritchie have teamed up on a new action thriller. Getty Images

Fifteen years after their last collaboration, Jason Statham and Guy Ritchie are once again teaming up for a fast-paced thriller.

The British actor and director, who became synonymous with the English gangster genre thanks to their work on the likes of Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, have begun filming an untitled spy film centred around an MI6 agent.

Statham and Ritchie, whose last collaboration to hit cinemas was 2005's Revolver, filmed scenes for the unnamed thriller in the region last week, alongside co-stars Aubrey Plaza, of US sitcom Parks and Recreation, and British rapper Bugzy Malone.

The cast shot in the capital of Qatar, with production kicking off on January 14.

“Guy and Jason have repeatedly impressed audiences with their collaborations, and we’re looking forward to bringing this production to the city of Doha,” said beIN Media Group chairman, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, ahead of filming.

The movie, penned by Ivan Atkinson and Marn Davies, will feature Statham as an MI6 agent tasked with stopping the sale of deadly weapons technology, according to Deadline.

The film was originally set to be called Five Eyes, GQ reports, but that title has since been scrapped, although it is listed on IMDb.

While none of the film's cast shared any sneak peeks from the set, Statham did pose with French judoka champion Teddy Riner during a dinner in the city.

"Strong dinner with Jason Statham, coming soon on your screen," the athlete captioned the photo, posted to Instagram.

The globe-trotting production has since jetted off, with the cast now shooting scenes in Turkey.

The Princess Bride actor Cary Elwes, who plays a yet-to-be-confirmed role, shared a photo taken at Hadrian's Gate on Sunday, January 17.

While the in-production film has not yet been given a release date, Statham and Ritchie also collaborated on Wrath of Man, a heist thriller expected to hit screens this year.

The movie, based on 2004 French film Cash Truck, is centred around an employee of an armoured truck company, which ferries millions of dollars around Los Angeles each week.

Updated: January 18, 2021 03:44 PM


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