'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?
Reader Feedback - 21 Comments
Wasn't the remake a reboot called Dredd?
redtie on Jun 15, 2014
Alright! I wasn't too excited about an American remake but this is changing my opinion!
Zade_92 on Jun 15, 2014
That's what I came here to say. That's just about my ticket bought already.
OfficialJab on Jun 15, 2014
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.
DJ Jack Ryan Hardy on Jun 15, 2014
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.
son_et_lumiere on Jun 16, 2014
You my boy Grillo! But I have no interest in a remake.
Xerxexx on Jun 15, 2014
I cringe at any news I hear of this, I wouldn't mind being wrong though.
Tyrell Antonio on Jun 15, 2014
Jujitsu is a completely less watchable than muay thai.
DAVIDPD on Jun 15, 2014
Muay thai?? The original movie was performed with Pencak Silat.....More dynamic than the two (muay thai and jujitsu)
Vin on Jun 15, 2014
Yeah...you're right. My B. I always forget THE RAID was Indo.
DAVIDPD on Jun 16, 2014
I think it's getting less watchable, just like the American version of Oldboy....
Vin on Jun 16, 2014
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.
WushuChild on Jun 16, 2014
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.
The Walking Cuban on Jun 15, 2014
Hope sinks Love the raid, no need to remake it
311 on Jun 15, 2014
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...
Avi on Jun 16, 2014
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.
mooreworthy on Jun 16, 2014
Today I've seen the raid 2 and it's better than his predecessor.
Avi on Jun 22, 2014
It's better than anything that I have seen when it comes to action.
mooreworthy on Jun 23, 2014
Yes you are totally right! It's awesome for 2,5 ours and the best thing is part 3 it's in the making!
Avi on Jun 23, 2014
Finchers GwtDT was very good. Mara was excellent.
Xerxexx on Jun 18, 2014
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!
Avi on Jun 22, 2014
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