The upcoming Point Break remake has lost its star.
It’s being reported that 300 and Olympus Has Fallen star Gerard Butler has dropped out of the movie, which will be a new take on the 1991 flick of the same name that starred Patrick Swayze as a surfer who’s part of a bank robbing operation and Keanu Reeves as an FBI agent who goes undercover as a surfer trying to find out who’s involved in the robberies.
Last month it was reported that 300 and Olympus Has Fallen star Gerard Butler would play Patrick Swayze’s Bodhi role in the planned remake of Point Break.
Now comes word that an actor has been chosen for the Johnny Utah character played by Keanu Reeves in the original. Australian actor Luke Bracey has been officially cast in the movie, which follows the same premise as the original, only set in the world of extreme sports instead of just surfing.
Ever since the Fast and Furious franchise shifted its gears from street racing to high-speed heists, there has been a lack of high-octane street racing films. Sure enough DreamWorks will fill that void by adapting the very popular street racing video game Need for Speed. The studio was even thinking about making this a starring vehicle for Liam Hemsworth.
But with Hemsworth’s stock being as high as it is, I imagine DreamWorks would have a difficult time signing the actor on for a possible film franchise. A new report from Deadline says that DreamWorks and Act of Valor director Scott Waugh will no longer pursue Hemsworth as a possible lead. Instead they are going to test younger unknown actors to take the part. The report says that the two people on the top of their list are Home and Away stars Brenton Thwaites and Luke Bracey.