With The Raid 2 now in theatres, talks of an American remake of its predecessor, The Raid: Redemption, are starting to heat up. We heard a few weeks ago that Patrick Hughes would be at the helm and now, the casting process seems to be underway. Originally rumored for the two lead roles were the Hemsworth brothers, but with no confirmation on that just yet, a couple of other actors are expressing interest in the film.
While speaking to Total Film, Scott Adkins, who has proven himself a capable fighter many times in the past, said that he’s a fan of the original film (who isn’t?) and would love to star in the remake.
“I’m a huge fan, I’m a massive fan, and this is no secret: I’m friends with Gareth. And, absolutely, of course I would love to, that’s all I’ll say at this point.
I’ve spoken to Gareth about it, he’s an executive producer, he’s going to let other people create their version of it, he’s not going to get too involved. I know Gareth would like to work with me in the future – hopefully that does happen. I’m a massive fan, I cannot wait to see Raid 2. Just yesterday we watched that deleted scene, how amazing is that for a deleted scene? The guy is a poet, the guy is a poet. he’s so much more than an action director.”
Personally, while I’m not totally on board with an American remake of The Raid (why do we need one when Evans’ trilogy isn’t even done yet?), I would be alright with Scott Adkins taking one of the lead roles. He’s definitely an under-appreciated talent and after watching him go mostly unnoticed by the general public for so long now, it would be nice to see him get his chance in the spotlight. Plus, like I said before, the guy definitely knows martial arts and he’s one very, badass fighter.
If you’re not familiar with his work, check out the video below and sound off in the comments section to let us know your thoughts on Adkins starring in the American remake of The Raid: Redemption.