Lynette Rice
May 15, 2009 AT 07:27 AM EDT

Action star Jason Statham will headline The Killer Elite, a new film based on the Ranulph Fiennes bestseller The Feathermen, according to Variety. Statham will portray a former Navy Seal who comes out of retirement to save his friend. The movie is based on a true story about a group of former British Special Forces soldiers who were hunted by assassins. Filming is set to begin overseas this fall.

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