‘Point Break’ Remake Casts Luke Bracey as FBI Agent Johnny Utah

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Luke Bracey to play Johnny Utah in Point Break Point Break Remake Casts Luke Bracey as FBI Agent Johnny Utah

As far as movies about surfer dudes who rob banks go, Kathryn Bigelow’s Point Break definitely ranks as one of the best. Starring Keanu Reeves as undercover FBI agent Johnny Utah and Patrick Swayze as the charismatic, philosophizing criminal Bodhi, Point Break is still a fun and exciting watch even 23 years after its release.

That doesn’t mean that it isn’t going to get a 21st century remake in order to be more hip and down with the kids, though. Alcon Entertainment is producing a new version of Point Break, which is set to begin filming later this year, but rather than focusing on surfers it will instead take place in the world of extreme sports. Perhaps they’re planning on expanding that skydiving scene.

Gerard Butler is already set to play Bodhi, and now the other lead cast member has been found as Variety reports that Luke Bracey (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) will play Johnny Utah. Bracey originally hails from Home and Away, the Australian soap that has proven to be a breeding ground for actors who eventually make it big in Hollywood, but right now he’s virtually unknown in the US. Other actors who were considered for the role include Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class), Luke Grimes (Fifty Shades of Grey) and Garrett Hedlund (TRON: Legacy).

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Pairing a newcomer like Bracey with an established actor like Butler seems like a smart move, especially if Alcon wants to keep the budget in check for this risky remake. When the original movie came out Reeves was best known for playing Ted Logan in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, and had never before been asked to fire his gun up in the air and go “Aaarrrgh!

Ericson Core (Invincible) is set to direct Point Break from a script penned by Kurt Wimmer, who also wrote the script for the recent Total Recall remake. It’s not the kind of creative team that will have people immediately jumping for joy, but as always we’ll reserve judgement until we see a trailer.

Last week we made the case for why everyone should love remakes and reboots, and a lot of readers agreed that the best thing a remake can do is try to be different from the original. Will the change of scenery be enough to make this version of Point Break stand on its own?

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We’ll keep you updated on Point Break as the project develops.

Source: Variety

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  1. No surfing? No thanks.

  2. I guess no one told these geniuses that the title Point Break is directly tied to surfing.

    • Well, there was a remake for the Karate Kid in which the kid learns Kung Fu. So it’s safe to say these people dont give a flying bird about “details” such as these.

      • True. But at least there was martial arts in the remake. These guys basically said, “Hey, lets remake a movie about bank robbing surfers, with heavy ties to the surfing sub culture, and a title directly referencing surfing, and then removing the surfing! Yes!” If it’s not about surfing, it’s not Point Break.

        • The way the original film contrasted the sort of zen philosophy of surfing with the adrenaline-fueled hypermasculine bank robbery stuff, the idea that these guys were on a perpetual endless summer and that robbing banks was their way of funding it was part of what made the movie interesting. There’s no contrast between adrenaline-fueled hypermasculine extreme sports and adrenaline-fueled hypermasculine crime sprees.

          • Buster nailed it.

          • Agreed Buster nailed it!

  3. How can you go from Keanu to this guy? It’s like substituting a bowl of chili with potato soup.

    • i agree ,they should cast an american actor instead of this aussie guy

  4. Kurt Wimmer… (Equilibrium, Ultraviolet, Total Recall…) NO THANKS! Keanu Reeves is the best! WOAH

  5. THIS FILM DOES NOT NEED A RE-MAKE!!!! IF IT AINT BROKE, DONT FIX IT!!

  6. Is it a TV film remake? Plus Gerard Butler, seriously he’s been miscast I think…

  7. As bad as Keanu can be, Point Break is a fantastic film. Beautifully directed, and Swayze really dominates every scene he’s in.

    I have no faith in this, and have no idea who this Bracey guy is.

    • Yeah, I mean, POINT BREAK only is what it is because of Bigelow, Reeves and perennial guru Swayze. There’s nothing there without the specific creative talents who worked on the project. At its heart, it’s just a fairly generic B-movie about the FBI trying to bring down some bank robbers.

  8. Gerard Butler box office mojo:

    Lifetime Gross Total (25): $1,130,312,713
    Average: $45,212,509
    Opening Gross Average (16): $19,355,271 (Wide Releases Only)

    However these numbers are inflated 3 films: Tomorrow Never Dies (a bit part), 300 (the movie that “made” him) and How to Train Your Dragon (voice performance).

    Olympus Has Fallen was made for 70 million (unsure about marketing costs) and grossed maybe double that worldwide, so it barely broke even, you’re supposed to gross 3 dollars back for every dollar spent right? Balaban’s law? It’s more like 6 dollars now, thanks to Helicopter Ben.

    So anyway here’s my point – Alcon Entertainment needs a tax write off. The only reason they’re doing this movie.

  9. They already made a remake to Point Break…it’s called The Fast and the Furious!

  10. Talk about missing the point.

    Point Break is awesome because of the time and place it came from. You can’t recreate that without the original participants (if even then).

    IMHO

  11. Semi Reboot with Keanu in it is the way to go!

  12. If we think about it, Point Break is such a unique movie. I would say of it’s kind or genre but it it doesn’t really belong in one set genre. It works on so many levels, taking typical, cliched set-ups and developing them in a different way.

    For example, the setup is bank robbery, but the Ex Presidents are not trigger happy terrorists, psychotic thugs or part of a major crime organization.

    There is of course cheesy dialogue and quotes, but it’s far from a testosterone, macho action film

    There is no maverick rogue cop chasing master criminal because his partner got killed in a previous pursuit, which so easily could’ve been done.

    The action is so much more varied and stylized. No routine street shoot-outs, big bomb explosions or extended fist fights. The surfing scenes are incredible.

    Bodhi and Utah could’ve easily been a chalk and cheese buddy comedic pairing. For all the action sequences it’s their relationship that transcends the movie. There’s a respect and admiration for each other that makes their final conflicts so much more interesting than personal rivalry or vengeance.

    I just think it’s a film that cant be replicated or remade no matter what spin you put on it. It was ahead of it’s time which is why films of its kind aren’t appreciated fully at time of release.

    The fact is that all these remakes are costing infinitely more yet making LESS money than the originals without inflation is cause enough for them to be stopped.

    Just cancel this project already.

  13. Getting really tired of Hollywood redoing movies THAT DO NOT NEED TO BE REMADE!!!

  14. POINT BREAK and FAST & THE FURIOUS are similar plots with a Keanu Reeves cameo maybe that can help the film but it seems like a dead end (for me) for this generation, we just got to wait and see what are their plans. I`m not looking forward and I think thousands of people aren’t either

  15. I have to agree that I just don’t see this doing well as a remake. There are plenty of other movies that were done horribly in the first place that they would be better served remaking, or even older 50′s and 60′s classics that might make good remakes with updated technology.
    That being said, I just can’t see Butler as Bodhi. I think he would make a better Pappas (Gary Busey’s character) than Bodhi.

    • Personally I would like to see Busey reprise his role!

  16. This sounds like the Point Break name mixed with traces of Triple X and Fast and Furious. They should have just gotten Vin to play Bodhi so at least they might trick some people into thinking it was a sequel to Triple X or Fast and Furious to sell more tickets.

  17. G*d d*mmit…

  18. If Kathryn Bigelow and Keanu Reeves aren’t attached to this remake, then I’m not gonna see it in cinema.
    I’ll just wait for it on cable.

  19. This is a slap to the face to everyone who did the original. This movie should be boycotted. No remake has ever been good. Hollywood needs a reality check.

  20. I can’t tell you how I know but there will be surfing.

  21. You identified the original Point Break as directed by Katheryn Bigelow in the first sentence. Just to let you know

  22. Aren’t some people tired of screwing good movies? I will not watch it definitely!
    Not even downloaded on my PC!
    Good luck!