Jason Statham is the go-to guy for burly badass Brits who can handle a gun and look damn good doing it. Now it looks like the star of guilty pleasure action flicks like the Crank and Transporter series, and Guy Ritchie's early movies Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, is going to be on the right side of the law in Blitz. Variety reports Statham is close to signing on the dotted line for this Lionsgate UK thriller based on the novel by prolific crime fiction writer Ken Bruen. Statham will play a cop on the hunt of a serial killer whose favorite prey is policemen. Paddy Considine will be his partner on the beat.

Elliott Lester (Love is the Drug) is directing, while the screenplay is being written by Nathan Parker, who also wrote the screenplay for this summer's science-fiction favorite, Moon.

As Elisabeth Rappe wrote in May about other Statham casting news, "To borrow a phrase from Katherine Hepburn, he's like a baked potato, and you know exactly what you're going to get with him. I like knowing he has a full pre-production slate of guns, deadly squints, and ripped-abs. Movies like that are what weekends were invented for."

Is it possible that with Blitz we'll get all that and even more, with help from solid source material and an up-and-coming screenplay writer?