When G.I. Joe: Retaliation star Luke Bracey scored the role of Johnny Utah in the Point Break remake (formerly played by Keanu Reeves), I took the opportunity to lament the casting of Gerard Butler as Bodhi, the Zen master bank robber played memorably by Patrick Swayze in the original. As a huge Point Break fan, I wasn’t thrilled with Butler taking over as the villain because I didn’t think he could live up to Swayze’s raw, insane energy that he brought to the first film; I suggested that the production may have been better off if they had cast an unknown in the Bodhi role, so the actor wouldn’t be bringing his own cinematic history along with him AND be competing with Swayze’s take on the character.
Well, my suggestion hasn’t quite come true, but it’s one step closer to happening: THR says that Gerard Butler has dropped out of the remake. Sources cite scheduling as the reason for the departure, because Butler has to get started filming his Olympus Has Fallen sequel, London Has Fallen, in the fall. That project was initially supposed to begin filming yesterday, but the schedule has been pushed back, and that would conflict with the globe-trotting shooting schedule of the Point Break remake, which starts in June and will last for “several” months. But there’s also a mention of “creative differences,” a PR-friendly way of saying that Butler probably didn’t get along with director Ericson Core as well as they hoped.
As I mentioned before, I didn’t think Butler was right for the part anyway, so I’m fairly pleased to see him go. (I also don’t think a Point Break remake needs to exist, because The Fast and The Furious already covered that territory, but that’s beside the point.) But while I’d prefer to see an unknown in the Bodhi role, now that Butler has bailed, you can be sure the producers will be searching for someone with a little more name recognition than Luke Bracey to headline this project.
Remember, the story here won’t be 100% identical to the first film, because this time, Bodhi will be “an expert extreme-sports athlete who seeks nirvana through the conquest of a series of athletic feats such as surfing 100-foot waves. He saves Johnny Utah, the undercover FBI agent, and brings him into the fold of international criminals.” Any ideas for established actors who might make a good Bodhi? Leave them below in the comments.
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