Edgar Ramirez has officially joined the “Point Break” remake cast ensemble. Ramirez replaces Gerard Butler who decided to leave the remake of the 1991 movie of the same name, due to creative differences and scheduling conflicts. Butler is set to reprise his role as Mike Banning in the “Olympus Has Fallen” sequel “London Has Fallen,” this is likely the main reason why he made a swift exit from the “Point Break” reboot. Ramirez will take on the role as Bodhi, a surfer previously played by Patrick Swayze in the Kathryn Bigelow-directed film. Ramirez is a decent actor with the required acting chops to replace Butler, he was last seen in “The Counselor” and will next appear in horror movie “Deliver Us from Evil“. The fairly unknown actor recently wrapped up the Roberto Duran biopic titled “Hands of Stone”, he portrays the title character while sharing the screen with Robert De Niro.

Alcon chiefs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson said in a statement:

“We consider Edgar one of the finest actors in the world today, and we are thrilled he will be creating a fresh new take on the iconic character of Bodhi,”

Edgar Ramirez

Edgar Ramirez

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. Is it still worth the effort without Butler as the star, the reboot was a bad idea to start out with!?

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”. Principal photography is expected to begin this summer for August 7, 2015 release

source: latimes.com