Wendell Pierce, Clifton Collins Jr. Come Aboard <i>Parker</i> Adaptation

Wendell Pierce and Clifton Collins Jr. have signed on to Parker, the noir thriller based on the series of crime novels written by the late Donald Westlake, Variety reports.

The join stars Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez in the adaptation from Ray director Taylor Hackford and Black Swan co-writer John J. McLaughlin.

Westlake’s 24 Parker books center on a cold and ruthless thief who, despite occasionally resorting to murder to get what he wants, lives by a strict professional code. Several of the novels have been adapted for the big screen, most famously the 1967 Lee Marvin film Point Blank (based on the first book The Hunter). Cartoonist Darwyn Cooke has also adapted The Hunter and the third novel The Outfit as graphic novels, released by IDW Publishing; more will follow.

Sierra/Affinity, Incentive Filmed Entertainment and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment will finance the film, with Hackford producing alongside Steven Chasman, Les Alexander, Sidney Kimmel and Jonathan Mitchell.

Pierce, best known for the HBO dramas The Wire and Treme, recently signed on to star as blues legend B.B. King in the biopic B.B. King and I. Collins, who co-starred in FX's Thief and NBC's The Event, recently wrapped the horror thriller Hellbenders for Circle of Confusion.

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