Gerard Butler Negotiating for Role in Point Break Reboot

Posted by at 11:15 am on January 9, 2014

gerard butlerAccording to Variety, Alcon Entertainment is now in negotiations with 300 star Gerard Butler to play the central antagonist of the new film, meaning that if he winds up signing on he will be stepping into the legendary shoes of Patrick Swayze.

The original film, which came out back in 1991 and was directed by Kathryn Bigelow, told the story of an FBI Agent named Johnny Utah (played by Keanu Reeves) who goes undercover to try and infiltrate a group of surfers that spend their time away from the waves putting on rubber masks of American presidents and robbing banks. In order to differentiate itself from the original, the remake won’t be set in the world of surfing, but instead in the world of extreme sports (are we back in 2002?). Butler’s character will still be named Bodhi and should he sign on he will play the head of the criminal organization. Kurt Wimmer, who most recently helped bring Total Recall back to theaters in disastrous fashion, is writing the screenplay, while Ericson Core, the director of 2006’s Invincible, is attached to direct.

This actually isn’t the first time that Butler’s name has come up in conversations about a remake of a classic action movie. All the way back in 2007 it looked as though the Scottish actor was the frontrunner to replace Kurt Russell as the new Snake Plissken in the Escape From New York reboot.

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