*Actor Wendell Pierce, probably most known for his detective character on “The Wire,” just got hooked up with a new role and the New Orleans native won’t even have to travel to join the cast.

Pierce is now of a Taylor Hackford’s thriller whose cast already includes Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte, Clifton Collins Jr., Michael Chiklis, and Patti LuPone.

The film, called “Parker,” is based on a Donald Westlake novel called “Flashfire.”

And what’s it about you ask? Well, according to shadow and act, the story centers on a “thief who, though at times is forced to be a killer, still lives by a code of honor that includes never stealing money from people who need it.”

Shooting just began in New Orleans with an October 12, 2012 release date.