The upcoming reboot of Jean-Claude Van Damme’s cult classic “Kickboxer” is shaping up to be one of the most highly anticipated martial arts films coming in 2015. Right on the heels of the announcement that Van Damme would be joining the film in the role of the wise Muay Thai mentor Xian Chow, news has dropped that the talented martial arts action-man Darren Shahlavi, will also be joining the film!
Shahlavi is, of course, well-known to action fans for his appearances in “Bloodmoon” opposite Gary Daniels and Chuck Jeffreys, “Ip Man 2” opposite Donnie Yen, and in the role of Kano in the web-series “Mortal Kombat: Legacy”. Although Dave Bautista will be assuming the role of the fiendish Thai boxer Tong Po, Darren’s track record would certainly suggest he’ll appear as an antagonist in the film. In addition to the “Kickboxer” reboot, Darren will also be seen opposite Van Damme in the New Year in the upcoming “Pound of Flesh” as well.
“Kickboxer” is definitely a must see for martial arts fans in 2015. Stuntman turned action star Alain Moussi will assume the role of Kurt Sloan in the reboot (fresh off his rigorous training with Master Ken!), while Dave Bautista steps into Tong Po’s shoes, UFC legend Georges St. Pierre will also join the film. T.J. Storm and Matthew Ziff have also joined the cast alongside Van Damme, with acclaimed action director Larnell Stovall serving as fight choreographer. Just about the only bit of bad news has come in the form of Scott Adkins and Tony Jaa ultimately not appearing in the film after much speculation that they would be a part of the reboot, but hey, you can’t win ’em all!
The “Kickboxer” reboot is underway and will be released sometime in 2015! Stay Tuned for the trailer and more information as it arrives!