Out of all of the action movies made during the prime of Jean-Claude Van Damme’s career, one of the most popular was 1989’s Kickboxer. In it, Van Damme played Kurt Sloane, a corner man for his brother, a renowned kickboxing champion. When his brother is killed by a rival fighter from Thailand, Kurt vows to avenge his brother’s death by defeating his killer in the ring. He trains under a mysterious but skilled trainer in the form of Muay Thai kickboxing, and eventually gets his chance to settle the score with his rival.
According to Variety, the original Kickboxer film looks like it will be the latest to get the Hollywood reboot treatment. Announced back in May, the new Kickboxer film will be beginning production this week in Thailand and New Orleans, and will star martial artist and stuntman Alain Moussi (X-Men: Days of Future Past) as the new Kurt Sloane, with other supporting roles being filled out by Dave Bautista (former WWE Champion and Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy), and Georges St. Pierre (former UFC Welterweight Champion and Batroc the Leaper in Captain America: The Winter Soldier).
Perhaps the most interesting part of the Variety report is the news that the original Kickboxer himself, Jean-Claude Van Damme, will also be joining the cast in the role of the mysterious trainer who takes it upon himself to ready Kurt for his forthcoming battle. Van Damme’s name is largely what catapulted the original Kickboxer film to box office success, making back its budget a dozen times over and spawning four sequels (which Van Damme did not appear in). His casting should be a nice surprise for people who enjoy the original film, and should serve as a symbolic passing of the torch should this new iteration spawn any other films.
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