Mike Tyson Cast in KICKBOXER: RETALIATION
Mike Tyson has been cast in the upcoming action film Kickboxer: Retaliation. This is a sequel to Kickboxer: Vengeance, which has yet to be released. The sequel is currently shooting in California and Nevada and will head back to complete its production in Thailand.
The story centers on the character Kurt Sloane played by Alain Moussi, who is “brought back forcibly to Thailand to fend for his life against a new formidable foe, portrayed by Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, who plays The Mountain on Game of Thrones.”
Tyson is set to play a “tough convict forced into a world of fighting behind bars.” He joins the previously announced Paige VanZant in the project.
The movie is being directed by Dimitri Logothetis (Stephen King’s Sleepwalkers) from a script that he wrote. The filmmaker holds two black belts, and he had this to say in a statement:
“Words cannot express my excitement for this second installment. The passion I have for this genre just keeps getting bigger and the cast we have assembled is phenomenal. Expect to see spectacular, non-stop, action-packed martial arts from real fighters.”
Producer Robert Hickman added:
“This is a monumental moment for us. We have already signed on 14 champions from the sporting world, mostly decorated fighters from the UFC, being able to add Mike Tyson as a cast member adds a whole new element and excitement to the film.”
Sounds like it could be fun, but I’m just waiting to see Kickboxer: Vengeance, which is set to be release in September. That film was directed by John Stockwell and stars Moussi, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dave Bautista, Gina Carano, Georges St-Pierre, and Darren Shahlavi.
This is a reboot of the original 1989 Kickboxer, which is a classic. Hopefully, these new films turn out as badass as the talent makes them out to be.