WWE's Dave Bautista & UFC's George St. Pierre Join New 'Kickboxer'
Since last summer, we've known that a remake of the Jean-Claude Van Damme flick Kickboxer was in the works, and now the project is headed to the Cannes Film Market to drum up some interest with foreign buyers. And along with that sales pitch comes news of two wholly appropriate co-stars. THR has word that WWE star Dave Bautista and UFC champion Georges St. Pierre will step into the ring for the film. Coincidentally, both fighters are just coming off roles in the Marvel films Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, respectively. However, neither of these two stars are taking the lead.
Instead, it will be stuntman and martial artist Alain Moussi taking the lead role for Hong Kong director Stephen Fung, who made waves at the Venice and Toronto film festivals, and saw his film Tai Chi Zero top the box office in China, landing him agency representation in Hollywood. Moussi is a respected stuntman who most recently did work on X-Men: Days of Future Past (there's a lot of Marvel employees in this project). Producer Ted Field at Radar Pictures says, ""Like Vin [Diesel] in Riddick, Alain will make this movie very special, and this Kickboxer will be the start of an amazing franchise."
As for the story, the original followed David and Kurt Sloan, the descendants of a well-known Venice, California fighting dynasty. When David wins the Karate World Championship, a promoter lures him to Hong Kong, despite his brother's protestations that the man is a crook. When Kurt travels to Thailand to meet his brother, he discovers he has died and seeks his revenge. We're not sure if the remake will change up the plot a little bit, but the talent on board for the action sounds promising. Hopefully this launches a real franchise as opposed to a terrible series of straight-to-DVD sequels. Interested?