Wednesday, April 22, 2015

First Snapshots: "Point Break" Redux

The first photos for Alcon Entertainment's remake of the 1991 action thriller "Point Break" have dropped.

Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow's original flick remains one of the best guilty pleasure action flicks. Keanu Reeves played FBI agent Johnny Utah who goes undercover investigating a group of bank robbers called the Ex-Presidents who happen to be surfers -wanting to ride the ultimate wave. Patrick Swayze co-starred as Bohdi.

This new version though trades surfing and skydiving for "the world of international extreme sports" but we don't yet know which of those sports are going to be used as the pic's hook.

"300" and "Olympus Has Fallen" star 'Gerard Butler exited the lead role of  Bohdi in the redux last year over both creative differences and a scheduling conflict. Butler is committed to filming the "Olympus" sequel "London Has Fallen" this Fall. Edgar Ramirez now takes over the lead role.

Australian actor Luke Bracey will play the Utah role that really put Reeves on the map. Both Garrett Hedlund and Nicholas Hoult were considered for the part--the studio also tested Luke Grimes, and Christian Cooke for the coveted role, while Sam Claflin was also in the mix. Bracey came out on top.

Delroy Lindo ("Ransom," "Gone in 60 Seconds") will plays an FBI instructor who tries to motivate Utah to pass training. Theresa Palmer ("Warm Bodies") will play Bracey's love interest, matching the -Reeves romance dynamic of the previous film.Ray Winstone has joined the cast as Pappas, the role played by Gary Busey in the original flick. Clemens Schick is set to play one of the main henchmen.

The new version has been penned by Salt's Kurt Wimmer who promises the new script "infuses the story and characters with new twists and settings".

Cinematographer turned filmmaker Ericson Core ("Invincible") is set to helm

 Michael De Luca, John Baldecchi, Chris Taylor Broderick Johnson Andrew Kosove and Wimmer will produce.

Production took place in ten countries across the globe to meet an December 25th 2015 release date.

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