Levon’s Trade, a new film from David Ayer with a script by Sylvester Stallone, will star Jason Statham as Levon Cade.
Adapted from a novel of the same name by Chuck Dixon, Levon’s Trade is Stallone’s first script since Rambo: Last Blood in 2019. Stallone picked up an Oscar nomination for his script for Rocky in 1977 and also wrote Creed II in 2018.
David Ayer, known for his disastrous Suicide Squad adaptation and the Brad Pitt-in-a-tank opus Fury, has signed on to direct and will also produce with Chris Long. Statham, Ayer and Long also collaborated on The Beekeeper, which is set to be released in January 2024. More on that film here.
The film will tell the story of Levon Cade, who left his mysterious, dangerous black ops job to live a peaceful life and work in construction in order to be a good father for his daughter. When his boss’ daughter goes missing, Levon is pulled back in and he finds himself in the middle of a “sinister criminal conspiracy” which will threaten his new-found bliss.
Filming for Levon’s Trade is set to begin in March 2024 in London so if you spot Statham in the capital, that’d be why.
The film is also produced by Bill Block, founder of Block Films. Block left Miramax earlier this month, but seems excited to be working with Ayer again.
“I am thrilled to be reuniting with some of my most talented and longstanding partners on Levon’s Trade,” Block said in a statement shared by Deadline. “I first worked with David Ayer on Fury and it was immediately clear that he is a director at the very top of his game. Jason and I have worked together on a number of films, and most recently the three of us collaborated on The Beekeeper. Levon’s Trade is going to be another spectacular action movie and I’m confident we’ve assembled the dream team to bring the first novel in this celebrated series to the big screen.”
Levon’s Trade is only one of a total of 11 books in the Levon Cade series. Originally, Stallone was developing the project as a TV series under his production company, Balboa Productions, but a film is what we’re getting. Could this be the start of a new franchise? Who knows, but we’ll keep you updated when things nudge forward with Levon’s Trade.
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