'Captain America 2' Star Frank Grillo is Part of 'The Raid' Remake
by Ethan Anderton
June 15, 2014
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?