Australian actor Chris Vance – known to TV viewers as ‘Whistler’ from the final two seasons of “Prison Break”- will play Frank Martin, the role made famous by Jason Statham, in a TV series spin-off of “The Transporter”.
Deadline says Hungarian actress Andrea Osvart, who had a small role in the Julia Roberts-Clive Owen pic “Duplicity”, is the show’s female lead.
The site says “the series centers on professional transporter Frank Martin (Vance), a role played in the movies by Jason Statham. Operating in a seedy underworld of dangerous criminals and desperate players, Frank can always be counted on to get the job done — discreetly. Osvart, repped by Innovative and Mosaic, will play Frank’s handler Carla, an extremely crafty former CIA operative who organizes his missions, acts as his eyes and ears on the outside, and continually stokes the flames of their unrequited attraction.”
Luc Besson, who produced the “Transporter” movies, is also spearheading the 12-episode TV series.