Tony Jaa (Ong Bak; The Protector) and newcomer Alain Moussi will star alongside Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) as the leads in the film. Former UFC champion Georges St. Pierre as well as Scott Adkins (Bourne Ultimatum; Zero Dark Thirty) have also joined the cast.
The film will follow Kurt Sloan (Moussi), a martial artist who travels to Thailand where he will learn the secrets of Muay Thai from Master Chow (Jaa) in order to avenge the death of his brother (Adkins), who was killed by Tong Po (Bautista).
While the story follows the trajectory of the original, the 1989 film took place in Thailand as Van Damme's character learned Muay Thai in the hills outside of Bangkok.
Director Stephen Fung (Tai Chi Zero; House of Fury) is expected to showcase over 20 different martial arts disciplines given the array of talent that each actor provides. For example, Jaa is trained in Taekwondo, Muay Thai, and judo while Bautista is a former professional wrestler and practitioner of kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
In addition, St. Pierre is a mixed martial artist well-versed in Kyokushin karate, boxing, and wrestling while Moussi is a practitioner of Aikido, Sambo, Judo, kickboxing, and karate.
Reports indicate that the film could be a reboot of a new series of Kickboxer films though it is still too early to tell. No word yet on when the film will begin production.