Australian actress Teresa Palmer has been cast as the female lead in the upcoming Point Break remake. The Warm Bodies star is set to play the love interest for fellow Aussie Luke Bracey's Johnny Utah, an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent trying to infiltrate a criminal surf gang.
Keanu Reeves portrayed Utah in the 1991 Kathryn Bigelow movie, while Lori Petty portrayed his girlfriend.
Ray Winstone and Zero Dark Thirty star Edgar Ramirez have also been cast in the film. Ramirez will play surfer criminal Bodhi, the character made famous by Patrick Swayze in the original film.
Ramirez was tapped to replace Gerard Butler in May (14) after the 300 actor dropped out of the project following a series of creative differences with director Ericson Core, and a scheduling conflict.
Production on the film is set to begin this month (Jun14).
Zero Dark Thirty star Edgar Ramirez will replace Gerard Butler in the Point Break remake. The Venezuelan actor has signed up to play surfer criminal Bodhi, the character made famous by Patrick Swayze in the cult 1991 film.
Butler recently dropped out of the project following a series of creative differences with director Ericson Core, and a scheduling conflict.
Ray Winstone and Luke Bracey are still on board to recreate characters originally portrayed by Gary Busey and Keanu Reeves.
A statement from producers Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson reads: "We consider Edgar one of the finest actors in the world today, and we are thrilled he will be creating a fresh new take on the iconic character of Bodhi."
300 star Gerard Butler has quit the Point Break remake. The Scottish star was billed to play the late Patrick Swayze's surfing bank robber character in the new film, opposite Luke Bracey, who is still on board to recreate Keanu Reeves' undercover cop Johnny Utah, but he has walked away from the project, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Sources tell the publication that creative differences and a scheduling conflict led to his decision. Director Ericson Core is hoping to find a replacement for Butler, so he can start shooting on schedule at the end of June (14). Last month (Apr14), Noah star Ray Winstone signed on to play a cop character inspired by Gary Busey in the original film, which was directed by Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow.
Australian actor Luke Bracey is set to take on Keanu Reeves' iconic agent role in the Point Break remake. The G.I. Joe: Retaliation star has been cast to play Johnny Utah, an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who tries to infiltrate a criminal gang in the world of surfing.
Reeves portrayed Utah in the 1991 Kathryn Bigelow movie, but he has ruled out a return for the remake.
Gerard Butler will take on the part of gang leader Bodhi, a role made famous by late actor Patrick Swayze.
Production is slated to begin in the summer (14) with Invincible's Ericson Core directing.
Actor Keanu Reeves has no interest in landing a starring role in a planned remake of his hit 1991 movie Point Break. The Matrix star featured alongside the late Patrick Swayze in the original cult film, about a gang of surfers who rob banks.
Swayze was due to reprise his character as group leader Bodhi in a sequel, but the project stalled in 2009 when the star lost his battle with pancreatic cancer.
Studio bosses at Alcon Entertainment started working on the film again in 2011 and announced it would now be a remake, centring around extreme sports, but Reeves, who portrayed an undercover FBI agent who infiltrates the gang, has ruled out any involvement in the reboot.
Asked if he would like to have a part in the new Point Break, he tells BBC 5 Live radio, "Absolutely not. It's not my place."
And Reeves admits he has concerns about remaking the famous film: "If they can find a way to do it that works out good (sic), then God bless them."
Salt screenwriter Kurt Wimmer has been hired to pen the script, while Ericson Core, who has worked as a cinematographer on the Fast and Furious film franchise, will direct.
Casting details have yet to be revealed.
Gary Busey has always seemed a little strange, but Thursday night, the 68-year-old actor proved that his mind really is in outerspace. How did we figure this out? Well, he created an audition tape to campaign to go on a mission to Mars, and debuted the tape on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
But, according to Busey, this won't be his first time traveling to the red planet. Hopefully, his campaign video wins NASA over and we will see Busey suited up and shot off to outerspace sometime in the near feature. If that does happen, though, he sadly won't be returning to planet Earth. Kimmel revealed that this Mars mission is a one-way ticket.
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Kathryn Bigelow, eat your heart out.
Alcon Entertainment is proceeding full steam ahead with their remake of 1991's Point Break, the early Bigelow actioner about an FBI agent undercover with a group of surfers-turned-bank robbers. The production company has just hired director Ericson Core to reimagine the film for the 21st century. His only notable previous directing effort was the 2006 Mark Wahlberg football film, Invincible. Mostly, Core has made his career as the cinematographer for action-heavy films like Payback, Daredevil, and The Fast and the Furious, which some critics have charged as a rip-off of Point Break, with illegal street car racing in place of surfing.
Casting hasn't yet been announced, but the original Point Break starred Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, and Patrick Swayze, earned back nearly quadruple its $24 million budget at the box office, and has become a major cult hit on VHS, DVD, and Blu-ray.
No surprise then that a lot of Point Break fans are grumbling about the idea of a remake, and are taking their concerns to Twitter. Simon Pegg, for one, tweeted, "I'm hearing word of a Point Break remake. When I finish writing this tweet, I will sigh heavily, close my eyes and shake my head...The beauty of Point Break was that Katherine Bigelow [sic] took a ludicrous idea, cast Reeves/Swayze/Busey and made a classic. Good luck remake."
To use Keanu's preferred form of speech, what do you think of a Point Break remake: Whoa or No?
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Directing newcomer Ericson Core will take charge of a reboot of Patrick Swayze's cult surfing movie Point Break. Core has mainly worked as a cinematographer on action movies including The Fast and the Furious, and made his directorial debut on Mark Wahlberg's 2006 sports film, Invincible. The Point Break remake was previously shelved in 2009 following Swayze's death.
The action man is no longer attached to XXX : The Return of Xander Cage, according to website CineFools.com.
Diesel's departure follows news director Rob Cohen quit the project this summer (09) and was replaced by little-known moviemaker Ericson Core.
MovieHole.net reports Diesel had been training for the film since August (09). Details about the reasons for his departure have not been released.
Diesel initially agreed to return to the XXX franchise after rapper/actor Ice Cube played the lead in xXx 2: State of The Union.
Invincible is Rudy and The Rookie all rolled into one. Set in the mid-‘70s Mark Wahlberg stars as the real-life Vince Papale a blue-collar Philadelphian down on his luck after his wife leaves him. His only solace is playing football with his cronies and rooting for his beloved Philadelphia Eagles who are in a real rut. Newly hired head coach the legendary Dick Vermeil (Greg Kinnear) decides to infuse some new blood into the team by holding open tryouts. All of Vince’s friends think he’d be perfect and urge him to go for it. He does makes it and is soon playing with some of his idols much to their chagrin. I mean who is this punk anyway? Sure he’s got some excellent instincts but can he really be a NFL player with no experience? Yes in fact he can proving to all those regular Joes out there you can live the dream. Yeah yeah. Unfortunately none of the actors really add anything either. Wahlberg is definitely a natural to play this kind of role having already done so in Rock Star. At least in Invincible he gets to show off some of his athletic abilities rather than just his bare chest in black leather pants. But the performance is run of the mill. As is Kinnear who as Vermeil takes on the headaches of turning a losing team into winners all while his supportive wife sweetly reassures him he’s doing the very best he can. Seen it. To their credit some of the supporting actors—including Kirk Acevedo (The New World) Michael Kelly (Dawn of the Dead) and Michael Rispoli (Mr. 3000)—paint a convincing picture of genuine camaraderie between local Philadelphians. And Elizabeth Banks (The 40 Year-Old Virgin) rounds things out as Vince’s cute love interest (and eventual real-life wife) who knows a few things about football by golly. You’d think Invincible would be a no-brainer feel-good kind of sports flick. It’s based on a real-life person has that whole underdog thing going for it and it’s football. What could go wrong with that? Nothing really besides the fact it’s been done about a hundred times over—and has now been left in the hands of newbies. First-time director Ericson Core a former cinematographer and writer Brad Gann are clearly green doing things by the play book line for line. It’s scary helming a feature film for a big studio like Disney who had such sport hits like The Rookie and Remember the Titans. Perhaps Core wanted to go more out on a limb but was reigned in. Who knows? The football scenes are definitely the highlight and Core handles the action well. I mean you do want Papale to prove himself the natural athlete he truly is and make all his homies proud. But the rest of it is just blah.