Since Alcon Entertainment insists on moving forward with a remake of Kathryn Bigelow’s 1991 action film Point Break, I suppose a cast needs to be put in place. They already have Gerard Butler playing Bodhi (Patrick Swayze memorably played the role in the original), so the next logical person to cast would be an actor for the role of undercover FBI agent Johnny Utah, played by Keanu Reeves in the first film. THR reports that Alcon has tapped Aussie actor Luke Bracey to play the part. Who?
Bracey only has two film credits to his name thus far – Monte Carlo, and last year’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation, in which he played the masked Cobra Commander – so they went for an unknown for this part. As a big Point Break fan, I have to say that this decision doesn’t really make much sense to me. Patrick Swayze’s take on Bodhi was far more interesting than anything Reeves did as Johnny Utah, so in my mind, the best move would have been to cast an unknown in the Bodhi role and bring someone (like Gerard Butler, perhaps) in to play Utah. That way, the person playing Bodhi wouldn’t be bringing their own set of cinematic baggage along with them, plus, they wouldn’t be having to battle Swayze’s portrayal of the character.
Butler is a recognizable guy, and that’s likely why they cast him (imagine that, films regularly need bankable stars to get made), but I just think it’d be a smarter play to have him play the straight-laced hero instead of the Zen master villain. Obviously, the entire point of acting is to be able to slip into different characters and convince audiences that you’re playing someone else, but it also gets harder and harder to accomplish that as you become a bigger star. Add to that the fact that the character you’re playing has already been portrayed in what some may call an iconic fashion, and that’s an added hurdle to climb.
I’m sure Bracey is fine, and he’ll probably be a decent Johnny Utah. There’s not much to that character, so there’s not much to really live up to. But I’m still shaking my head about Butler as Bodhi.
Given that this Point Break remake is going to exist and there’s nothing we can do about it, what do you think about the project? Are you open-minded, angry they’re touching an action classic, apathetic, or somewhere in between? And if you had to cast the remake, who would you choose for the lead roles? Let us know below.
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