Fans of Kickboxer could be dancing like a drunk Belgian in a Thai bar today over the news that Jean-Claude Van Damme himself is set to star in the upcoming remake of the 1989 fist-throwing classic. Refrain from that befuddled head-scratch though, because the news is that JCVD won’t be reprising his original role (especially as he died in Kickboxer 2). Instead, he’ll be taking the mantle of aged mentor to the newly appointed lead, Alain Moussi.
Set for release next year, the original plan was for Moussi to star as the titular fighter, who heads off to Thailand to learn the ancient ways after his brother is killed in the ring. Current Guardian of the Galaxy Dave Bautista is the man responsible for delivering the lethal blow as the Tong Po-like villain, and Ong-Bak hero Tony Jaa was down as the mentor to train our hero.
Scheduling conflicts be damned though, as eventually Jaa had to bolt from the project, forcing some brave and ballsy studio head to give the muscles from Brussels a call. From here the main man naturally accepted the task, probably taking the call whilst doing the splits and celebrating with a cold bottle of Coors. Or you know, not.
Admittedly, the idea of yet another remake might leave some of you rolling your eyes in every possible direction but the recent addition of Van Damme should surely bring a bit of intrigue. Taking the role of the aged warrior seems like a great move for the action legend (something that showed great results to a degree in JCVD), and also sets up a nice little torch passing between himself and Moussi as the new blood. Expect more details on the project as production for the film begins shooting in New Orleans this week.