More notable names in action are eyeing the Kickboxer reboot that’s got UFC champ George St. Pierre, stunt man Alain Moussi, and Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Dave Bautista set to star. English martial artist Scott Adkins (The Bourne Ultimatum, Ninja: Shadow of a Tear) and Thai star Tony Jaa (Ong Bak) are in discussions to join the remake of the classic Jean-Claude Van Damme action pic, which Chinese helmer Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Zero) is directing.
Moussi will star as Kurt Sloan, a talented martial artist who travels to Thailand where he learns the secrets of the kickboxer to avenge his brother’s death at the hands of Tong Po (Bautista). Adkins is eyeing the role of Kurt’s older brother, while Jaa would play the Muay Thai master who trains Kurt to beat Tong Po. Radar Films’ Ted Field, Dimitri Logothetis, and Nick Celozzi are producing the project, which updates the 1989 Kickboxer original with a new variety of martial arts disciplines. Mike Weber and Peter Meyer will executive produce. Jaa is repped by The Gersh Agency. Adkins is repped by The Gersh Agency, LINK Entertainment, and The BWH Agency in the UK.