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Tom Hardy and Jason Statham are reportedly the top choices to lead the upcoming Escape from New York remake.

The British actors are said to be the frontrunners to play Snake Plissken in the recently announced project, to be produced by Die Hard's Joel Silver.

Kurt Russell played Snake in the original 1981 sci-fi action film, a war-hero-turned-criminal who has the chance to redeem himself by rescuing the president, who has been taken hostage by prison inmates.

StudioCanal has joined forces with Silver Pictures for the project, and they have put Hardy and Statham at the top of their wish list, according to the New York Daily News.

"Jason is the type of actor who has the physical attributes and screen presence to reprise Snake," a Hollywood source said.

"He has a proven track record as a leading man and would do a great job."

They added: "Tom was immense »


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