by: Marcus Rivera
The Hollywood Reporter has broken news that martial artist superstar Jean-Claude Van Damme is poised to star in the forthcoming re-adaptation of the 1989 original film Kickboxer, which he started in and helped break him into the mainstream.
Kickboxer was a cornerstone in Van Damme’s earlier Hollywood career post films like Black Eagle, No Retreat No Surrender, Bloodsport, and Cyborg among others. The original saw Van Damme play Kurt Sloane, who undergoes a test of spiritual and physical strength, endurance and will in order to take on vicious Muay Thai fighter, Tong Po after witnessing him cripple his champion brother, Eric (Dennis Alexio) in the ring.
Van Damme is in final talks while the film has already commensed shooting with director John Stockwell (In The Blood) & martial artist, stuntman and debut actor Alain Moussi inheriting the lead role opposite Dave Bautista as Tong Po. Rounding out the current cast is former UFC welterweight champion and Captain America: The Winter Soldier co-star, Georges St. Pierre. Over the past few weeks the original director, Stephen Fung dropped out of the project as did Tony Jaa (Furious 7) & Scott Adkins (Expendables 2) so to see Van Damme come back is definitely a step in the right direction. Kickboxer is slated for a late 2015 release date