Scott Adkins, Tony Jaa Join WWE Star Dave Bautista in 'Kickboxer'
Martial artists Tony Jaa and Scott Adkins have joined the cast of Kickboxer, a 3D remake of the 1989 cult classic. They'll star opposite martial artist Alain Moussi, WWE hero Dave Bautista and UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, who were previously announced.
Moussi is playing the lead in the movie, which will feature more than 20 martial arts disciplines.
Producer Ted Field of Radar Pictures and Brian O'Shea's The Exchange announced the remake earlier this year. Field has been plotting the remake for more than a year, signing Hong Kong filmmaker Stephen Fung to direct. Fung's credits include the wildly popular Chinese martial arts movies Tai Chi Zero (2012) and Tai Chi Hero (2012).
Kickboxer tells the story of David and Kurt Sloan, the descendants of a well-known Venice, California, fighting dynasty. When David wins the Karate World Championship, a promoter lures him to Hong Kong, despite his brother's protestations that the man is a crook. When Kurt travels to Thailand to meet his brother, he discovers he has died and seeks his revenge.
The 1989 film, directed by Mark DiSalle, starred Jean-Claude Van Damme and world kickboxing champion Dennis Alexio.
Bautista is in theaters in Guardians of the Galaxy, while Moussi has worked in several Hollywood event films, including this summer's X-Men: Days of Future Past. Adkins' film credits include The Bourne Ultimatum and The Expendables 2.
"Kickboxer will display a style of acrobatic, rapid-fire martial arts action that Scott Adkins is increasingly becoming synonymous with," O'Shea said. "Along with Tony Jaa, Kickboxer has compiled a talented cast to push the boundaries of the martial arts form."
Dimitri Logothetis and Nick Celozzi are producing the remake alongside Field. Mike Weber and Peter Meyer will executive produce.
Adkins and Jaa are repped by Gersh.