Jean-Claude Van Damme starrer “Kickboxer” is in for a reboot, with Scott Adkins and Tony Jaa as new additions to the cast. Read on for more details on this story.
Variety has reported that English martial artist Scott Adkins, who starred in “The Bourne Ultimatum” and “Ninja: Shadow of a Tear,” along with Ong Bak Thai star, Tony Jaa, is in discussions to join the cast for the reboot of the Jean-Claude Van Damme-starrer martial arts action movie “Kickboxer.” The remake project has also cast “Guardians of the Galaxy’s” Dave Batista, former UFC welterweight champion George St-Pierre and “X-Men: Days of Future Past” Alain Moussi.
Moussi will portray Van Damme’s character, Kurt Sloan, a talented martial artist who travels to Bangkok, Thailand where he studies the art of kickboxing in order to avenge his brother’s death at the hands of Tong Po, played by Bautista. Adkins is set to play Eric, Kurt’s older Brother, an American kickboxing champion. Meanwhile, Jaa will portray Moussi’s Muay Thai master who trains the young martial artist in hopes of beating Tong Po.
Actor Scott Adkins is known for his portrayal of Yuri Boyka in “Undisputed II: Last Man Standing” and “Undisputed III: Redemption,” Bradley Hume in “Holby City,” Ed Russell in “Mile High” and as Hector in “The Expendables 2.” He also starred in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” sharing the role of Weapon XI/Deadpool/Wade Wilson with comedian Ryan Reynolds.
The original 1989 martial arts film starred Jean-Claude Van Damme and former world kickboxing champion Dennis Alexio. It was considered as a cult classic, spawning several sequels, starting with “Kickboxer 2” in 1991. It was a box office success, grossing $14,697,005 in the domestic box office with a $1.5 million budget. It was produced, written and directed by Mark DiSalle and co-directed by David Worth.
The reboot is produced by Ted Field of Radar Films, Dimitri Logothetis and Nick Celozzi with Mike Weber and Peter Meyer to executive produce. “Kickboxer” will be directed by Chinese helmer Stephen Fung of Tai Chi Zero. The film will feature more than 20 martial arts disciplines.
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