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THE TRANSPORTER REFUELED

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THE TRANSPORTER REFUELED

Meet the new Transporter

. Known to the French Riviera’s criminal underworld as the best driver money can buy, soft-spoken Frank Martin (Ed Skrein) will deliver any “package” for a price. He abides by three simple rules: no names, no questions and no renegotiations. But his rulebook goes out the window when he is tricked by gorgeous femme-fatale Anna (Loan Chabanol) into driving the getaway car for an ingenious bank robbery. Racing through the streets of Monaco in a state-of-the-art Audi, Frank unwittingly becomes entangled in a scheme to bring down Yuri (Yuri Kolokolnikov), the Russian human trafficker who forced Anna into prostitution 15 years ago.

Hell-bent on revenge, Anna and her blonde-wigged co-conspirators kidnap Frank’s father, retired spy Frank Sr. (Ray Stevenson), to make sure the Transporter does their bidding. Frank, who for reasons of his own avoids firearms at all costs, employs a dizzying array of makeshift weapons and lethal street-fighting moves to take on Yuri’s thugs. His situation is further complicated when his relationship with Anna becomes more than just business. A sexy, high-speed thriller full of hairpin twists and high-tech trickery, Refueled takes the blockbuster Transporter franchise to explosive new heights. The Transporter Refueled stars Ed Skrein (“Game of Thrones”), with Ray Stevenson (Thor, Divergent) and Loan Chabanol (Fading Gigilo). The cast also includes Gabriella Wright, Tatiana Pajkovic. Wenxia Yu, Noémie Lenoir and Yuri Kolokolnikov.

Produced by Luc Besson (Lucy) and Mark Gao, The Transporter Refueled is directed by Camille Delamarre. The creative team includes writers Adam Cooper, Bill Collage and Luc Besson, director of photography Christophe Collette, composer Alexandre Azaria, stunt coordinator Alain Figlarz and production designer Hugues Tissandier.

A FRESH TAKE ON A CLASSIC FRANCHISE

The Transporter series has set a high bar for action adventure, having delivered some of the most memorable action packed sequences in the genre. Director Camille Delamarre voices confidence that the latest installment, with its new leading man, revenge-fueled women, brutal street-fighting brawls and metal-bending chase sequences, will more than exceed audience expectations. “The Transporter Refueled is more than a reboot,” he says. “It’s a whole new story.”

As for the new Transporter himself, Ed Skrein takes unabashed pride in his character’s journey through the mean streets of southern France. “Rolling around on the floor wrestling and fighting with bamboo sticks and punching other guys with pads on and fighting in front of a moving car—the only time you want to be in situations like that is when you’re on a film set,” he says. “I’m a complete pacifist myself, but when it’s scripted that I get in a fight and win, it’s fantastic.”

ABOUT THE STORY

When French filmmaker Luc Besson decided to reboot his hugely popular action franchise with a younger cast and a fresh storyline, he turned to longtime collaborator Camille Delamarre, who had just made his feature directorial debut on the dystopian thriller Brick Mansions, to helm the film. “I had edited Transporter 3 and directed action scenes from the ‘Transporter’ television series, so I was already familiar with that world,” says Delamarre. “It’s always been a fun franchise to be involved with because there’s so much action in a colorful setting, but the new script had even more of a James Bond style than the previous ones.”

The script by Bill Collage, Adam Cooper and Luc Besson offered an entirely new take on the high-octane action series, which centers on a tough, tight-lipped, highly skilled driver-for-hire. “Refueled is more filled out than earlier Transporter movies because we have several layers, several characters, lots of subplots and revelations that get slowly revealed throughout the film,” observes Delamarre. “We developed Frank’s character to be less of a caricature. Instead of the bodybuilding hero who never loses or takes a bad hit, Frank’s character suffers. He hurts. And he also does his fair share of attacking.” Although it features plenty of the stunt driving, fight scenes and plot twists that have made the franchise an enduring favorite among moviegoers, the action is fueled by intriguing characters with compelling backstories. Frank is haunted by his wartime service and has a tense relationship with his father, a retired spy. Anna, a prostitute since an early age, refuses to remain a victim of her ruthless pimp. “Besides having a new Transporter and lots of sexy elements, Refueled gives the audience a complex story full of new developments,” says Delamarre.

The original Transporter trilogy, released between 2002 and 2008, focused primarily on tough male characters. Refueled expands the scope of the storytelling by including a diverse roster of badass women. “We’ve got four incredibly good- looking female characters who give the Transporter a hard time throughout the film,” Delamarre says.

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