Along with a host of fighting stars, the Kickboxer remake scored a win with fans of the original film last week by casting Jean Claude Van Damme as mentor Master Chow.
Today comes further exciting news as MMA star Gina Carano has also been cast in the film, however it is doubtful we will see her fight. In the so-called gender-bender twist on the original film, Carano will be playing a fight promoter, and producer Ted Field described her character:
“It will be fun to watch Gina as the sneaky and dangerous temptress, a boa constrictor of this fighting jungle. Watch out kickboxers!”
Dave Batista, star of GUARDIANS OF THE GLAXY, former UFC welterweight champion George St. Pierre, and Alain Moussi of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, star in the 3D reboot of KICKBOXER which will also boast action star Scott Adkins (THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM, ZERO DARK THIRTY). Jean Claude Van Damme will play the role of Master Chow.
The high-octane KICKBOXER remake is directed by Stephen Fung (TAI CHI ZERO, TAI CHI HERO).
With the addition of Adkins, KICKBOXER features a variety of over 20 martial arts disciplines. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY star Batista has long wrestled professionally for WWE but has formal backgrounds in Kali, Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Moussi is a practitioner of Karate, Kickboxing, Aikido, Goshindo, Kobudo, Filipino martial arts, Sambo, Judo, and Jiu-Jitsu. St. Pierre practices Kyokushin Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Boxing, and Wrestling along with a vast array of talents stemming from a Mixed Martial Arts background.
Adkins has a lengthy resume in the action genre with roles in THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM, THE EXPENDALES 2, and a slate of other action-centric films. Adkins has also worked alongside the original KICKBOXER, Jean-Claude Van Damme, battling the legend on screen in UNIVERSAL SOLDIER: DAY OF RECKONING. Adkins has backgrounds in Taekwondo, Kickboxing, and Judo.
KICKBOXER follows Kurt Sloan (Moussi), a talented martial artist who travels to Thailand where he must learn the secrets of the kickboxer to avenge his brother’s death at the hands of Tong Po (Bautista).
The film is produced by Ted Field of Radar Films (RIDDICK, THE LAST SAMURAI), Dimitri Logothetis and Nick Celozzi. Mike Weber and Peter Meyer will executive produce.