Jean-Claude Van Damme for Kickboxer remake
Jean-Claude Van Damme has agreed to play a martial arts master in the 'Kickboxer' remake, after starring in the lead role in the original 1989 film
Jean-Claude Van Damme is to star in the 'Kickboxer' remake.
The 54-year-old action star appeared in the original 1989 film, appearing as professional fighter Kurt Sloane who learns Muay Thai kickboxing so he can avenge his brother who is left paralysed following a brutal bout with undefeated Thai champion Tong Po.
Tony Jaa was originally set to portray a wise martial arts master who trains Kurt - who will be played by Alain Moussi - but pulled out of the project and now Van Damme has agreed to take on the role.
'Guardians of the Galaxy' actor and part-time WWE wrestler Dave Bautista will play Tong Po, who in the remake actually kills Kurt's brother in their fight.
Speaking about the casting of Van Damme, producer Ted Field said: "We are so excited to have 'Kickboxer' roll into production and to have JCVD in the role of Master Chow, passing the torch to Alain, to have him lead the franchise to a new generation."
John Stockwell is directing the movie and shooting is due to start in New Orleans this week before production moves to Thailand.
The original 'Kickboxer' movie was one of Van Damme's first big screen successes, earning almost $15 million at the US box office after being made on a $1.5 million budget.