The Point Break remake officially has its Bohdi… And it’s not Gerard Butler.
Previous reports had Butler taking on the role made famous by Patrick Swayze, however Alcon Entertainment (the production house behind the film), have issued a statement revealing that Edgar Ramirez (Zero Dark Thirty) will be instead starring alongside Luke Bracey, who comes in to fill the role of Keanu Reeves’ Johnny Utah.
The press release also gives us some more information regarding plotlines, shooting locations and the quite grand plans to include as many of the world’s top extreme sports athletes as they can cram into the film, rather than using stunt doubles.
Set in the world of international heists and extreme sports, the story is about a young FBI agent (Bracey) who goes undercover to infiltrate a criminal gang suspected of committing unfathomably sophisticated heists all over the world.
The film marks an extraordinarily ambitious shoot involving some of the most daring stunts ever committed to film. Extreme sports featured include surfing 70-foot waves, snowboarding, wingsuit flying, free rock climbing, and high speed motorcycle stunts.
Locations set for filming include Germany, Austria, Italy, Mexico, Venezuela, French Polynesia, and India.
Some of the extreme athletes taking part in the film are:
Surfers – Makua Rothman, Billy Kemper, Brian Keaulana and Ahanu Tson-dru.
Snowboarders – Lucas De Bari, Ralph Backstrom, Mitch Toelderer, Mike Basich and Xavier De La Rue.
Motorcyclists – Riley Harper and Oakley Lehman
Wingsuit Stunt Pilots – Jeb Corliss, Jon Devore, Julian Boulle, Noah Bahson and Michael Swanson
Free Climber – Chris Sharma
As well as others not yet named.
Principal photography begins on June 26 and according to ComingSoon.net, Point Break: The Remake will be released on August 7, 2015.
And now for my two cents… I still maintain, as I did when I first learned that this remake was going ahead, that it is possibly the most insulting, idiotic, unneeded and unwanted remake in the history of film. Point Break is, was and always will be that iconic movie starring Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves that ends with Bohdi taking off to surf the “50 year storm”, and no amount of flying in wingsuits or scaling the face of mountains without a rope will ever change that.
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