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.
Morgan Freeman Blasts Off: Science Channel announced Thursday a new series chronicling the modern-day space race among private entrepreneurs partnering with actor-producer Morgan Freeman will debut next year. New Race for Space is a three-part series that will look at entrepreneurs seeking to embark on various ventures beyond Earth, from backyard dreamers to well-funded moguls like SpaceX founder Elon Musk, Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson and sci-fi filmmaker James Cameron. "It’s been almost 45 years since we landed on the moon, since we were really excited about going out into space, and I’ve always thought it was a mistake not to continue that exploration," Freeman says. "I’m personally excited that we now have entrepreneurs who are interested in doing this." [EW]
American Idol Ratings Slip: The already not-so-stellar ratings of American Idol's Season 12 continued to slip this week. Wednesday night’s Top 7 performance show drew 11.5 million viewers and a 3.0 rating, down to an all-time Wednesday low. Ouch. [TVLine]
Westside Is Getting Awkward: Jessica Lu, who plays Ming on MTV's Awkward, just booked a guest-starring role on the ABC drama pilot Westside. The soap about the haves and the have-not's of Venice, Calif., focuses on two rival families and a forbidden and dangerous romance emerging between them as them as they battle for control of Venice. Lu will play Eva, Sophie's (Odette Annable) employee and confidant at her Venice boutique who urges her pursuit of Chris (Luke Bracey). She'll guest star in the pilot, and will potentially recur if the show gets picked up. [THR]
The Americans Redux: The last seven minutes of FX's The Americans ran over the show's allotted hour by seven minutes, which means many viewers didn't catch the pivotal ending of "Safe House." Fortunately, the network is making up for the blunder by making the episode available online for free until May 15. Relief! [TVLine]
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Meester and Hedlund were "inseparable the entire night" at HBO network's event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday (16Jan11), according to UsMagazine.com.
A partygoer tells the website "She wraps her arm completely around his neck and pulls him for a quick peck on the lips," and when the pair called it a night, Hedlund was "massaging her shoulders" as they left the party together.
Meester split with Gossip Girl costar Sebastian Stan last year (10). She has previously been linked to Aussie actor Luke Bracey, her co-star in upcoming comedy, Monte Carlo.
The actress is currently in Europe filming upcoming comedy Monte Carlo with the Australian hunk, as well as co-stars Cory Monteith and Selena Gomez.
Meester, who split from boyfriend Sebastian Stan earlier this year (10), appeared to have taken a liking to her new co-star as she and Bracey went sightseeing around the romantic capital on Wednesday (23Jun10).
The couple was photographed strolling with their arms around each other, smiling and laughing as they walked through the Pere Lachaise cemetery.