Dominic Purcell and actress Yvonne Strahovski have also joined the cast of Garry McKendry's film, which has just started shooting in Australia, according to Moviehole.net.
In the movie, a retired Navy Seal (Statham) is blackmailed to kill a special forces operative after his mentor and friend, played by De Niro, is captured by an Arab sheik.
British actor Paul Bettany has joined the race to play Batman's nemesis
The Joker in a planned sequel to Batman Begins.
Director Christopher Nolan left no doubt The Joker would feature heavily in
the next Batman installment when the villain, formerly played by Jack
Nicholson, left a calling card in the final scene of the box office smash hit.
And now Batman fan sites are desperately trying to make sure producers pick
the right man for the job.
Crispin Glover was an early favorite, along with Star Wars' Mark Hamill, who
provides the voice of The Joker in the Batman animated series and Aussie actor
Lachy Hulme, and now Bettany has got the fans' vote.
An insider tells website Batman-On-Film.com that the Beautiful Mind star is
officially in the running to play the evil character.
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