Brian O'Shea, CEO of The Exchange, has announced and confirmed that in addition to having Dave Bautista, star of Guardians of the Galaxy, former UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, and Alain Moussi of X-Men: Days of Future Past, the 3D reboot of Kickboxer will boast two additional action stars: Scott Adkins (The Bourne Ultimatum, Zero Dark Thirty) and martial arts legend Tony Jaa (Ong Bak trilogy, Fast & Furious 7).
With the addition of Adkins and Jaa, Kickboxer features a variety of over 20 martial arts disciplines. Guardians of the Galaxy star Bautista has long wrestled professionally for WWE but has formal backgrounds in Kali, Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Moussi is a practitioner of Karate, Kickboxing, Aikido, Goshindo, Kobudo, Filipino martial arts, Sambo, Judo, and Jiu-Jitsu. St. Pierre practices Kyokushin Karate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Boxing, and Wrestling along with a vast array of talents stemming from a Mixed Martial Arts background.
Adkins has a lengthy resume in the action genre with roles in The Bourne Ultimatum, The Expendables 2, and a slate of other action-centric films. Adkins has also worked alongside the original Kickboxer, Jean-Claude Van Damme, battling the legend on screen in Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning. Adkins has backgrounds in Taekwondo, Kickboxing, and Judo.
Jaa is a veteran of the martial arts genre. His groundbreaking, blitzkrieg-paced Ong Bak films are cult classics. He also starred in The Protector. Jaa is trained in Taekwondo, Muay Thai, Muay Boran, Aikido, Judo and Wushu.
Kickboxer follows Kurt Sloan (Moussi), a talented martial artist who travels to Thailand where he must learn the secrets of the kickboxer to avenge his brother's death at the hands of Tong Po (Bautista).
Here's what The Exchange's Brian O'Shea had to say in a statement.
"Kickboxer will display a style of acrobatic, rapid-fire martial arts action that Scott Adkins is increasingly becoming synonymous with. Along with Tony Jaa, Kickboxer has compiled a talented cast to push the boundaries of the martial arts form."