Saturday, 17 May 2014

Gerard Butler departs Point Break remake

Whether you thought the idea of Gerard Butler taking over the role of Bodhi in the Point Break remake had merit, or you were simply opposed to the whole thing, it's no longer an issue with news that Butler has since dropped out.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, his departure is due to a perfect storm of issues including creative differences and scheduling challenges, with Point Break's international, months-long shoot likely to impact the planned autumn start for Olympus Has Fallen (2013) sequel London Has Fallen.

Director Ericson Core and the producers are now pursuing Édgar Ramirez (Zero Dark Thirty) as a contender to step into Patrick Swayze's board shorts. Ramirez was last seen in The Counselor (2013) and will next crop up in horror outing Deliver Us From Evil, which is out here on 22 August.

The plan is still to kick off shooting next month on the film, which has Luke Bracey (G.I. Joe Retaliation) in the role of Johnny Utah, the FBI agent who infiltrates Bodhi's bank robbing extreme sports gang, only to find his own loyalties questioned. Ray Winstone (The Sweeney) is reportedly also aboard as Utah's partner, and the film – assuming it suffers no more setbacks – should be with us next year.

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