The “Point Break” remake suffered a serious blow with the announcement that Scottish actor Gerard Butler is departing the project. The “300” star apparently decided to leave the remake of the 1991 movie of the same name, due to creative differences and scheduling conflicts according to a recent report by Variety.com. The site also mentions that Butler’s upcoming shoot with the “Olympus Has Fallen” sequel “London Has Fallen,” may be the main contributing factor to his departure. Butler was tapped to take on the role as Bodhi, a surfer previously played by Patrick Swayze in the Kathryn Bigelow-directed film.
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Luke Bracey is set to play Johnny Utah, an FBI agent (previously portrayed by Keanu Reeve) who goes undercover to catch Bodhi and his gang of bank robbers. Well, it goes without saying that Butler was the main reason to mark our calendars for the reboot. There is no mention of any replacements to take over from the buff star.
The 1991 movie focused on the Southern California surf scene which served as a cover for the crime ring. The new take on the classic action cop movie will be set in the international world of extreme sports instead of the surf scene, and like the original involves an undercover FBI agent infiltrating a criminal ring. Director Ericson Core (“Invincible”) will helm the remake with a script from Kurt Wimmer (“Salt”, “Total Recall”). Core is also known for his cinematography work for “The Fast and the Furious”. “Point Break” is expected to go into production in late June