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In the original Point Break movie, Keanu Reeves played a character named Johnny Utah. Alcon Entertainment has announced that they've cast that role in their remake, and it went to Luke Bracey. That name isn't familiar at all, but he played Cobra Commander in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, so you wouldn't recognize him anyway because you never saw his face.
It was previously reported that the remake is "set in the international world of extreme sports as opposed to the Southern California surf scene of the original. The plot of an FBI agent infiltrating a crime ring as well as the names of the principal characters remain the same."
Butler's character is described as "an expert »
- Joey Paur
Well, that Point Break remake that we’d all like to pretend isn’t happening…is still on the way, after all. Variety is reporting that the film, a redo of Kathryn Bigelow’s classic 1991 action film, has found its Johnny Utah to pit against Gerard Butler’s Bodhi. The original actors to play the roles were Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, respectively. This time around, the man standing on Utah’s surfboard will be Luke Bracey.
Bracey is a a little-known Australian actor who appeared in a soap opera down under called Home and Away. Stateside, his credits include Monte Carlo and G.I. Joe: Retaliation. He was on the recent shortlist to play Christian Grey in 50 Shades of Grey, a role that would eventually go to Jamie Dornan. In Point Break, he’ll play Utah, an undercover agent that attempts to infiltrate a criminal gang lead by the enigmatic Bodhi. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Luke Bracey (G.I. Joe Retaliation) will join Gerard Butler in Alcon Entertainment's remake of the classic 1991 action-thriller Point Break, as it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.
Luke Bracey will play the role of Johnny Utah, originally played by Keanu Reeves in the 1991 film. Johnny Utah is a young FBI agent who goes undercover to infiltrate a criminal gang in the world of international extreme sports.
Alcon's Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson secured rights to the project from Rgm Media, John McMurrick and Chris Taylor. Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson will produce along with John Baldecchi, Chris Taylor and Kurt Wimmer. Rgm Media principal Devesh Chetty and investor John McMurrick, Chairman of Marloss Entertainment, will serve as Executive Producers.
It was revealed last month that 300 and Olympus Has Fallen star Gerard Butler was in final negotiations to join the cast of the upcoming remake of 1991 cult classic, Point Break as Bodhi (a role originally filled by Patrick Swayze). Well, according to a new report, Alcon Entertainment has now found its Johnny Utah in the form of Luke Bracey.
Bracey will take on the role made famous by Keanu Reeves, and the Home and Away actor’s biggest role to date was as the body – not the voice – of Cobra Commander in G.I. Joe: Retaliation. He also stars in Nicholas Sparks upcoming adaptation The Best Of Me.
Invincible’s Ericson Core is directed the remake of Kathryn Bigelow’s action classic, while the screenplay was penned by Salt and Total Recall scribe Kurt Wimmer. Filming begins this summer for a planned 2015 release.
There’s no synopsis for the movie as of yet, »
- Josh Wilding
The film centres around an FBI agent who infiltrates a criminal ring hidden inside the world of Southern California extreme sports.
Butler will take on the role of Bodhi (played by Patrick Swayze in the original), who seeks nirvana by living on the edge, and is responsible for inducting the undercover agent Utah into the criminal circle.
Former Home and Away actor Bracey will next be seen in The Best of Me.
Watch a trailer for the original Point Break below: »
Pointless remake Point Break has found its new Johnny Utah, the part that Keanu Reeves played in the superb Kathryn Bigalow original. The person who will fill the very large boots of Reeves is Australian actor Luke Bracey, a relatively unknown thesp who appeared in last year’s GI Joe: Retaliation. Gerard Butler has already been cast as Bodhi, a role played by the late, great Patrick Swayze in the 1991 original.
Kurt Wimmer has written the screenplay for the film, which will revolve around the world of extreme sports, rather than just sticking to surfing which was the focus in the 1991 movie. Utah was the undercover cop who infultrated the surfing gang who had a sideline in robbing banks as the ‘Dead Presidents.’
Bracey cut his acting teeth in the Australian TV show Home and Away, in which »
- Paul Heath
News Simon Brew 25 Feb 2014 - 06:55
Well, it's still going ahead. The long-mooted remake of Point Break is now at the stage where it's putting its cast in place, and it's been announced that Luke Bracey is to take on one of the lead roles.
Bracey, recently seen in G.I. Joe: Retaliation (and previously of Home And Away vintage), is to play Johnny Utah - the role taken by Keanu Reeves in the original - in the new film. Gerard Butler has already been cast in the movie.
Foreign distribution rights for Point Break have sold quickly, and it's full steam ahead on the film, which is set to begin photography over the summer. »
Kurt Wimmer penned the script for the new film which shifts the action from surfing and skydiving to a more extreme sports angle. Filming aims to begin this Summer.
Bracey played Cobra Commander in "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," was recently cast in the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' "The Best of Me," and was said to be a major contender for the "50 Shades of Grey" film adaptation.
- Garth Franklin
When Gerard Butler came aboard to play the Patrick Swayze role in the upcoming Point Break remake last month, the big question that everybody was asking was, "Who will play the Johnny Utah to Butler's Bodhi?" Rather than going for a big name star to fill Keanu Reeves' shoes, Alcon Entertainment is instead turning to up-and-coming Aussie actor Luke Bracey, who Variety reports is now signed on to the film. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the 1991 original, which was directed by The Hurt Locker's Kathryn Bigelow, the story followed a young undercover FBI Agent named Johnny Utah who worked to infiltrate a group of surfers that also happened to be serious criminals. The new film is being directed by Ericson Core (Invincible) and scripted by Kurt Wimmer (the Total Recall remake), and while most of the story elements will remain the same, the remake will »
Before Keanu Reeves starred as Johnny Utah in Kathryn Bigelow's Point Break his biggest role came two years earlier in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure as I don't think anyone was casting him in either role for his performance in Stephen Frears' Dangerous Liaisons a year earlier. Now, Point Break is getting a remake with Ericson Core (Invincible) directing and Gerard Butler has already joined the production in as Bodhi, a role originally played by Patrick Swayze, and a new Johnny Utah has been found in Luke Bracey, whose most recent role didn't even allow him to show his face as he played Cobra Commander in 2013's G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Bracey will likely be more recognizable to Selena Gomez fans who will recognize him from 2011's Monte Carlo where he played Riley. For the rest of us, we can just consider him an unknown. Expected to hit theaters in »
- Brad Brevet
No matter how much I wish that this Point Break remake was just some elaborate hoax, with each day that passes, it unfortunately moves closer to production. The latest step for the film was Friday’s screen testing of a batch of actors for the lead role of Johnny Utah. It appears that the testing went well as today we have word that Luke Bracey has been selected to step into Keanu Reeves’ wetsuit.
Previously, Alcorn Entertainment had considered Garrett Hedlund and Nicholas Hoult for the part, and they also tested Luke Grimes, but in the end, Bracey, who most recently appeared in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, came out on top.
So far, every decision that’s been made for this project has aggravated me even further. First of all, it’s written by Kurt Wimmer, the man behind the Totall Recall remake. He completely ruined that film and he’ll likely do the same here, »
- Alexander Lowe
A little over a month ago, we reported that Gerard Butler would be starring as Bodhi in Ericson Core's Point Break remake, and now it looks as if Luke Bracey (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) will co-star as Johnny Utah. Previously played by Keanu Reeves in the 1991 original, Utah is a young FBI agent who goes undercover to infiltrate a criminal gang in the world of international extreme sports. As previously reported, Butler's Bodhi - previously played by Patrick Swayze - is “an expert extreme sports athlete who also seeks to find nirvana through the conquest of a series of athletic feats such as surfing 100-waves. He saves Johnny Utah, the undercover FBI agent, and brings him into the fold of international criminals." Production on the remake is set to begin early this summer. Hit the jump for all the details. Here's the press release announcing Bracey co-starring in Point Break »
- Dave Trumbore
Luke Bracey has been tapped to star opposite Gerard Butler in Alcon’s remake of Point Break. Bracey will tackle the character of hotshot FBI agent Johnny Utah against Butler’s Bodhi, roles that were seminal to a generation that watched the early 1990s action movie. Bracey is playing the role originated by Keanu Reeves. Ericson Core is directing the movie which has a script by Kurt Wimmer. Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove are producing along with Michael DeLuca, John Baldecchi, Chris Taylor and Wimmer. A summer shoot is being planned. Bracey is a relative unknown Stateside, although he did play the
- Borys Kit
The Point Break remake already has a Bodhi, in the shape of Gerard Butler. It has now locked down another key casting component, with Aussie actor Luke Bracey primed to take over from Keanu Reeves in the role of driven young FBI agent Johnny Utah.Bracey, who comes from the Home And Away school of acting, has only popped up in a couple of films so far – lightweight rom-com Monte Carlo and as Cobra Commander in G.I. Joe: Retaliation. But he does have a few films currently making their way through post-production, including Max Landis’ Me Him Her, indie Amnesia and Pierce Brosnan action thriller November Man. He also scored one of the main roles in new Nicholas Sparks adaptation Best Of Me.In Point Break, with Kurt Wimmer re-imagining Katherine Bigelow’s 1991 film for director Ericson Core, he’ll be Utah, tasked with infiltrating the gang responsible for several daring heists. »
Luke Bracey will join Gerard Butler in Alcon Entertainment's remake of the classic 1991 action-thriller Point Break , it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson. Bracey will play the role of Johnny Utah (played by Keanu Reeves in the original), a young FBI agent who goes undercover to infiltrate a criminal gang in the world of international extreme sports. Ericson Core ( Invincible ) is directing Kurt Wimmer's ( Salt , Law Abiding Citizen , Total Recall ) screenplay. Alcon's Kosove and Johnson secured rights to the project from Rgm Media, John McMurrick and Chris Taylor. Kosove and Johnson will produce along with John Baldecchi, Taylor and Kurt Wimmer. Rgm Media principal Devesh Chetty and investor John McMurrick, Chairman of Marloss »
Written by Kurt Wimmer, the new film is set in the international world of extreme sports as opposed to the Southern California surf scene of the original. Like the original involves, an undercover FBI agent will also infiltrate a criminal ring in this movie.
Butler will play Bodhi, played by Patrick Swayze in the original, an expert extreme-sports athlete who seeks nirvana through the conquest of a series of athletic feats such as surfing 100-foot waves. He saves Johnny Utah, the undercover FBI agent, and brings him into the fold of international criminals. The part of Utah is not cast yet.
Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson will produce along with Michael DeLuca, John Baldecchi, Chris Taylor and Kurt Wimmer, who also wrote the screenplay. Rgm Media principal Devesh Chetty and investor John McMurrick, »
- Laura Frances
• Blog: Point Break remake drives fans to breaking point
Reports out today that Gerard Butler is in talks for the role of bodacious badguy Bodhi in a remake of 1991 action cult classic, Point Break, have left us worried. For many, this stalwart of 90s filmic history is a "holy cow that Hollywood ought to leave well alone".
But, it's too late. Kathryn Bigelow's bovine will be re-written by Kurt Wimmer, of Salt and Final Recall fame, and will be directed by The Fast and the Furious's director of photography, Ericson Core.
It's going to be hard to please those for whom this should be an untouchable, »
- Ellie Violet Bramley
Back in 2011, we first heard there were plans to remake Point Break (Point Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo? Too easy?), with a script written by Salt writer Kurt Wimmer. It appears the thing is finally moving forward, with the studio aiming to start production this summer. Invincible director Ericson Core is attached to direct. And The Hollywood Reporter writes that Gerard Butler is in talks to play Bodhi, the part played by Patrick Swayze in the original. Though the general plot will be the same, the new Point Break will be internationally set and focused on extreme sports in general, not just surfing. There's still looking for someone to play the Keanu Reeves part. Who could possibly fill his shoes, you know, other than the hundreds of people who've been able to do it, without rehearsing, at Point Break Live? »
- Jesse David Fox
After watching him catch waves in Chasing Mavericks, audiences will get another chance to see Gerard Butler hit the water as the Scottish actor has just been cast in Alcon Entertainment’s Point Break remake. He’ll take on the role of Bodhi, who was portrayed by Patrick Swayze in Kathryn Bigelow’s 1991 film. On board to direct is Ericson Core and scripting is Kurt Wimmer.
For this version, the setting will take place in the world of extreme sports. Fear not though as surfing will still factor into the story with Bodhi being described as someone who “seeks nirvana through the conquest of a series of athletic feats such as surfing 100-foot waves.” And of course, the core plot will still revolve around FBI agent Johnny Utah, who tries to take down a ring of criminals.
Unfortunately, we have no details on who will play Utah but now that Butler has been cast, »
- Matt Joseph
Gerard Butler will play Bodhi, masterfully played by Patrick Swayze in the original, an extreme-sports athlete that strives to achieve nirvana through a series of death defying feats. He saves undercover FBI agent Johnny Utah, who brings him into the crime ring. The part of Utah has not cast as of yet.
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