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'Kickboxer' reboot to star former WWE and UFC champions

Batista to appear in Kickboxer reboot
Batista to appear in Kickboxer reboot
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WWE superstar Batista has been really building up a decent acting career over the past couple of years. It doesn’t look like it will end soon as The Hollywood Reporter announced on Monday that Batista and UFC star Georges St. Pierre have signed on to a new movie together. The film is the “Kickboxer” reboot and will be sold at the Cannes market.

WWE and UFC star to appear in Kickboxer reboot
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The film is produced by Ted Field, who also worked on the “Riddick” movie franchise. Batista appeared in the third “Riddick” movie last year alongside Vin Diesel. When talking about the new movie, Field compared the opportunity for Alain Moussi to that Diesel received in “Pitch Black,” the first “Riddick” film.

Moussi will portray Kurt Sloan, the same character that Jean Claude Van Damme portrayed in the original 1989 martial arts movie. In that original movie, Kurt was the cornerman for his brother David when a ruthless fighter refused to stop when the fight was over and paralyzed David. Kurt then began to work on his own kickboxing career in order to exact revenge against the evil Tong Po.

The Kickboxer remake will put a new spin on it and have David lured to Hong Kong to face Tong Po. When Kurt heads over to meet his brother, he learns that David has died and sets out for revenge. The roles that Batista and Georges St. Pierre will take on remain a mystery for now.

Batista next appears in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” as Drax the Destroyer. Georges St. Pierre also just appeared in a Marvel movie as Batroc the Leaper in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Moussi has worked as a stunt man in many movies including the upcoming “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” The “Kickboxer” reboot will be a unique change to bring these superhero veterans into a new movie together.

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