'Point Break' Remake Replacing Gerard Butler With 'Deliver Us From Evil' Star Edgar RamirezBritt Hayes |
Just last week we reported that the 'Point Break' remake suffered a blow, losing leading man Gerard Butler just weeks before the film was scheduled to begin shooting. But the production team hasn't wasted any time finding his replacement: Edgar Ramirez, star of the upcoming horror flick 'Deliver Us From Evil' (which just dropped a new spooky trailer today) will take Butler's place.
Announced by by Alcon co-founders Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove, Ramirez is in negotiations to play Zen-like surfer/bank robber Bodhi, the role originated in Kathryn Bigelow's classic by Patrick Swayze. Ramirez will star opposite Luke Bracey, who is playing the role of FBI agent Johnny Utah, originated by Keanu Reeves. The 'Deliver Us From Evil' player is best known for starring in Oliver Assayas' 'Carlos,' a role which earned him Golden Globe, Emmy and SAG nominations, and in Kathryn Bigelow's 'Zero Dark Thirty.' He can be seen in the recently wrapped 'Hands of Stone' with Robert De Niro.
Butler reportedly left the project over scheduling conflicts with 'London Has Fallen,' the upcoming sequel to 'Olympus Has Fallen,' which shoots this fall in London. The 'Point Break' remake producers were left with limited time to find a replacement for the star, with shooting on the project set to start next month in Hawaii, with director Ericson Core helming from a script by Kurt Wimmer ('Salt'). The remake "is set in the world of international heists and extreme sports, and like the original, involves an undercover FBI agent infiltrating a criminal ring."