MATTHEW ZIFF LANDS A ROLE WITH JCVD IN KICKBOXER REBOOT
Jean-Claude Van Damme’s 1989 martial arts classic Kickboxer is set to reboot. Actor and martial artist Matthew Ziff has joined the cast. Van Damme then starred as Kurt Sloane, a martial artist who learned the ancient kickboxing art of Muay Thai in order to avenge his brother’s death by defeating his killer, Tong Po.
Van Damme is slated to join the cast of the remake, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, he will now play the role of Master Chow; a new version of Sloane’s sensei. Negotiations are still being finalized.
Tapped for the lead role is Kurt Sloane; a martial artist and stuntman Alain Moussi of X-Men: Days of Future Past. The villainous Tong Po will be played by WWE superstar and martial artist Dave Bautista, also known for Guardians of the Galaxy. The remake will be directed by In the Blood’s John Stockwell.
While Ziff’s role in the reboot has not yet been announced, he is looking forward to the remake. He’s best known for his film Treachery. He co-starred with Michael Biehn; an estranged father who reunites with his son, only to have things unravel when a thunderstorm traps them in a cabin, forcing the family to reveal deeper secrets. That role garnered Ziff the “Best Actor” award at the 2014 Hoboken Film Festival. He was also honored with the “Rising Star Award” at the Florida’s Sunscreen Film Festival; which is supported by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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