While promoting his upcoming thriller The Purge: Anarchy, actor Frank Grillo revealed that he has joined the cast of The Raid remake for Screen Gems. While casually mentioning that he has held a black belt in jujitsu for 20 years, the actor said that he wants to do justice to the original action-thriller The Raid: Redemption.
"What people don't know is that I'm a blackbelt in jujitsu, which I've been for 20 years, and I've been boxing since I've been 15 years old - those are things that come natural to me. Believe it or not, I just got hired to do [the remake of] The Raid... I loved [the original]... we've got to do this justice. It's a fanboy favorite."
We reported last month that production was set to begin in September, but the production was delayed shortly thereafter due to casting. Frank Grillo confirmed that shooting is set to begin in the first quarter of 2015.
Both Chris Hemsworth and his brother Liam Hemsworth were rumored to be in contention for roles in the remake, but they were not among the names included on a new short list that surfaced last month, which included Frank Grillo, Luke Evans, Anthony Mackie and Ethan Hawke.
Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3) is directing from a screenplay by Brad Ingelsby (Out of the Furnace, Run All Night). The director revealed last month that the story is set in the world "DEA fast teams" and the "clash of culture and clash of fighting styles."