Movie News Wrap Up: ‘Godzilla’, ‘Kickboxer’ & More

This Week:

Gina Carano joins the Kickboxer reboot; Edgar Ramirez signs on for Joy; Martin Campbell is set to direct Sebastian X; Japanese film studio Toho plans its own Godzilla film; and A League of Their Own director Penny Marshall is making a new baseball movie.

Furious 6 actress Gina Carano is set to join Jean Claude Van Damme’s Kickboxer reboot.

Carano’s casting seems like a no-brainer given her past experiences as an MMA fighter. However, even if she has experience in this type of arena, she has put those years behind her and tried to start an acting career with parts in films like Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire.

Movie News Wrap Up: ‘Godzilla’, ‘Kickboxer’ & More

For this Kickboxer remake, Carano is set to play a fight promoter, most likely for our protagonist Kurt. Kurt, as original Kickboxer fans know, is a kickboxer-in-training who tries to rise through the ranks and avenge his brother’s murder. Of course, this modern remake flips the formula on its head, casting Jean Claude Van Damme as the kickboxing mentor instead of Kurt and wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista as the villain.

 

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