The Hollywood Reporter is confirming that Jean-Claude Van Damme is set to return to the world of Kickboxer in a reboot of the series that helped make him a household name.
The casting will have Van Damme replacing Thai action star Tony Jaa in the role of Master Chow. He will join Guardians of the Galaxy’s Dave Bautista and veteran stuntman Alain Moussi in the film.
Kickboxer, which originally released in 1989, follows the story of Kurt Sloan (Moussi) as he travels to Thailand in order to avenge his brother’s death. There, he meets Master Chow (Van Damme) and learns the art of kickboxing in order to defeat Tong Po (Bautista). Coming off the heels of Bloodsport, the original Kickboxer solidified Van Damme’s career as a premiere action talent.
“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,” said Radar Films producer Ted Fields. Mike Weber and Peter Meyer will serve as Executive Producers.
The reboot begins shooting this week in New Orleans before traveling to location in Thailand. The Exchange will be selling the film to distributers worldwide.