By Lanford Beard
Updated November 02, 2011 at 10:14 PM EDT
Justin Lubin

Jason Statham has signed on to play an ex-Special Forces soldier the action drama Hummingbird. Statham’s character assumes another identity to avenge injustice in London’s criminal underworld.

Eastern Promises screenwriter Steven Knight will helm the project, his directorial debut, and Paul Webster and Tracey Seaward are producing.

Filming is set to begin in London in early 2012.