Fast and Furious starlet Gina Carano has been recruited for Radar Pictures’ upcoming Kickboxer remake, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The former mixed martial artist is set to join the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Dave Bautista and Jean-Claude Van Damme, who will be returning to a franchise that he helped create in a mentor role. Directed by John Stockwell, the revamped version will once again follow Kurt Sloan (played here by Alain Moussi in lieu of Van Damme), who is described as “a talented martial artist who travels to Thailand where he must learn the secrets of the kickboxer to avenge his brother’s death at the hands of Tong Po.”
As you’ve probably already guessed, Bautista will play the role of the adversary in this new take, which will no doubt lead to a muscle-straining showdown between him and Moussi’s protagonist. As for Carano, it’s understood she will join the ensemble cast as a fight promoter, but given her experience in the ring, don’t be too surprised if you see her throw a punch or ten when Stockwell’s Kickboxer makes its debut.
Besides, we’ve already seen Carano make short work of the star-studded cast within Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire, so we’re hoping the actress has a similarly badass role alongside Van Damme and Bautista in the Kickboxer remake.
Tell us, are you looking forward to seeing JCVD return to the franchise that helped cement his reputation as one of the best ass-kickers in the business? Do you feel Carano is a good addition to Stockwell’s remake? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.