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.
Noah villain Ray Winstone has signed on to play a cop character inspired by Gary Busey in the Point Break remake. The Brit joins newcomer Luke Bracey and Gerard Butler in director Ericson Core's revamp of Kathryn Bigelow's classic, which featured Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze.
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.
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.