Parker Adds Michael Chiklis

The Shield‘s Michael Chiklis will star opposite Jason Statham in Parker, the noir thriller directed by Taylor Hackford, Deadline reports.

He joins recent additions Wendell Pierce and Clifton Collins Jr. in the rapidly expanding cast. Jennifer Lopez is in talks to play the female lead.

Based on the series of crime novels written by the late Donald Westlake, Parker centers center on a cold and ruthless thief who, despite occasionally resorting to murder to get what he wants, lives by a strict professional code. Several of the novels have been adapted for the big screen, most famously the 1967 Lee Marvin film Point Blank (based on the first book The Hunter).

Black Swan co-writer John J. McLaughlin penned the screenplay for the film, which is set to begin production in August in New Orleans. Sierra/Affinity, Incentive Filmed Entertainment and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment is financing the film, with Hackford producing alongside Steven Chasman, Les Alexander, Sidney Kimmel and Jonathan Mitchell.

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