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'Captain America 2' Star Frank Grillo is Part of 'The Raid' Remake

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June 15, 2014

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Back in May, the gestating American remake of the incredible foreign action film The Raid was reported to be pushing back start of production to January. The Expendables 3 director Patrick Hughes is at the helm, and while no official casting has been revealed, news of the delay came with a shortlist of actors wanted for the film. Names included Ethan Hawke, Anthony Mackie, Luke Evans and Frank Grillo and it's the latter star who is officially part of the cast now. We Got This Covered recently spoke with the actor who was seen earlier this year in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and he confirmed his involvement. More below!

Frank Grillo hyped up his action prowess saying:

"What people don’t know is that I’m a blackbelt in jujitsu, which I’ve been for 20 years, and I’ve been boxing since I’ve been 15 years old – those are things that come natural to me. Believe it or not, I just got hired to do [the remake of] The Raid…I loved [the original]…we’ve got to do this justice. It’s a fanboy favorite."

The Raid isn't just a fanboy favorite, but anyone who loves good action and has taken the time to seek out Gareth Evans' incredible work has come to love the film, and this year's sequel. Collider also spoke to Grillo where the actor said, "You know, the script is great...[I’m] one of the three main characters and, you know, I’m excited about it. I can’t wait to actually go do it because it’s gonna be Americanized, but not overtly Americanized. It’s really gonna keep a lot of what made the first Raid so great.” Well, what made the first film so great was flawlessly choreographed fight scenes and unrivaled intensity. Hopefully Grillo's jujitsu and boxing skills come in handy and help make this remake worthwhile. Thoughts?

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  • redtie
    Wasn't the remake a reboot called Dredd?
  • Zade_92
    Alright! I wasn't too excited about an American remake but this is changing my opinion!
    • OfficialJab
      That's what I came here to say. That's just about my ticket bought already.
  • DJ Jack Ryan Hardy
    Sorry but still doesn't change my opinion on how pointless this remake is. You can gather the best cast of actors you want and you can gather the best script you can get, but nothing will ever top the original.
    • son_et_lumiere
      i like Grillo, but couldn't agree with you more. i had the giddy pleasure last weekend to catch a The Raid / The Raid 2 double bill at the cinema, and the sheer kinetic thrills and spills on screen, plus the length and frequency of the action scenes, positively dwarfs anything Hollywood has put out in the last decade at least. remaking The Raid makes as much sense as remaking Oldboy. it's not like there's even a lot of dialogue in it for the subtitle-averse. doesn't matter who you cast or how good they are, it's just one of 'those' films, a singular vision and single-minded production that takes no prisoners and pulls you on by the throat. re-release the original, give it wider distribution, and move on.
  • Xerxexx
    You my boy Grillo! But I have no interest in a remake.
  • Tyrell Antonio
    I cringe at any news I hear of this, I wouldn't mind being wrong though.
  • DAVIDPD
    Jujitsu is a completely less watchable than muay thai.
    • Vin
      Muay thai?? The original movie was performed with Pencak Silat.....More dynamic than the two (muay thai and jujitsu)
      • DAVIDPD
        Yeah...you're right. My B. I always forget THE RAID was Indo.
        • Vin
          I think it's getting less watchable, just like the American version of Oldboy....
    • WushuChild
      Bro....he said JuJitsu....not Brazilian JuJitsu... I am not really up for this being remade, even if I was lucky to get cast in it I would feel way too much pressure to live up to the rawness of the original and the sequel (my now all time favourite cinematic classic). Best of luck to Grillo - he deserves more attention, hope I am wrong and the film turns out well, paying its dues to the original.
  • The Walking Cuban
    Where's Batroc the Leaper? Couldn't get those words off my picture, so if ya ain't seen winter soldier yet,...... then watch it.
  • 311
    Hope sinks Love the raid, no need to remake it
  • Avi
    totally useless remake it will never top the original like the girl with the dragon tattoo but frank Grillo needs a chance to prove himself...
    • mooreworthy
      Agree on both points. The remake won't live up to the original, but Frank Grillo has paid his dues being the background character. Can't wait to see him in the Purge 2.
      • Avi
        Today I've seen the raid 2 and it's better than his predecessor.
        • mooreworthy
          It's better than anything that I have seen when it comes to action.
          • Avi
            Yes you are totally right! It's awesome for 2,5 ours and the best thing is part 3 it's in the making!
    • Xerxexx
      Finchers GwtDT was very good. Mara was excellent.
  • Avi
    Today I've seen the raid 2 and man it's better than his predecessor... Very bloody, harder and longer and the end fight is of epic scale! Hollywood can suck on that for awhile because the best action director works in Indonesia and not tinsel town USA! Still impressed by it!

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