Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Gina Carano set for Kickboxer

The team behind the Kickboxer (1989) remake might have been disappointed when Tony Jaa (Ong-Bak) dropped out due to scheduling conflicts, especially with the film about to start shooting. All those worries were swiftly banished, however, when word arrived earlier this month that Jean-Claude Van Damme (The Expendables 2) agreed to sign on in his place. Now news arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that director John Stockwell (Cat Run) has added Gina Carano into the mix.

Carano is set to play a fight promoter with her Ultimate Fighting Championship credentials seemingly the perfect fit for a cast that already includes Van Damme, stuntman and actor Alain Moussi (White House Down), former WWE wrestler Dave Bautista (Guardians Of The Galaxy) and Georges St. Pierre (Captain America: The Winter Soldier). Sara Malakul Lane (Jailbait) has also joined the cast as the woman who catches Moussi's eye.

Moussi takes over the leading mantle as Kurt Sloane, a talented fighter who heads to Thailand intending to learn the secrets of advanced kickboxing mostly so he can confront Tong Po (Bautista), the man who killed his brother. Van Damme plays Master Chow, who teaches Sloane everything he needs to know.

The film represents a reunion for Stockwell and Carano, who worked together on this year's In The Blood. Carano will next be seen in hijack thriller Bus 657, which also features Bautista.

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