Gareth Evans’ Indonesian action extravaganza The Raid earned rave reviews when it debuted a few years ago, and both The Raid and its sequel have been hailed by many as two of the best action movies ever made. That’s high praise, to be sure, but it’s also valid; these movies could double as how-to classes for making martial arts films, as Evans makes sure the action matters each time a fight breaks out and it’s not just happening for its own sake. Perhaps inevitably, an American remake was announced, and though I’m still not completely on board with the idea of taking an already-easily-understandable concept and wringing it through the Hollywood studio system, here’s an announcement that might make the final product a bit more palatable.
We Got This Covered reports that Captain America: The Winter Soldier star Frank Grillo will star in The Raid remake, which will be directed by The Expendables 3 helmer Patrick Hughes. Here’s Grillo’s quote from his interview with the outlet:
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.
Grillo has been working hard over the past few years and has made a strong push in supporting roles in films like The Grey, Warrior, End of Watch, and Cap 2, and now it appears he’s making the leap to a leading man. Along with The Raid, he also has The Purge: Anarchy coming out soon. I interviewed Grillo a couple of years ago for The Grey, and he seemed like an intense, hard-working guy who didn’t take himself too seriously, so I’m happy to hear that he’s getting some more exposure. Like I said, I’m still not convinced this remake needs to happen, but if it does, I can think of a few worse ways to spend two hours than watching Frank Grillo kick some serious ass.
What do you think? Is Grillo’s involvement enough to get you to watch a remake of The Raid?
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