The remake of the 1989 classic, Kickboxer, began production last week in New Orleans, and will also film in Thailand.
Several MMA and kickboxing notables have already been cast in the remake including: former UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre, GLORY welterweight "Bazooka Joe" Valtellini, and former GLORY middleweight and current Bellator middleweight Joe Schilling.
Kickboxer will star Alain Moussi as Kurt Sloan, who travels to Thailand to avenge his brother's death at the hands of Tong Po, played by former WWE star David "Batista" Bautista.
The star of the original movie, Jean-Claude Van Damme, has also been cast for the film. And the veteran action-movie star will play Master Chow. His character will be the mentor to Moussi. JCVD is replacing Tony Jaa, who withdrew from the project.
It was announced this week by Ted Fields from Radar Films, that former Strikeforce women's featherweight Gina Carano has been cast to play a fight promoter in the film. The press release was titled "Kickboxer gets its vixen."
"It will be fun to watch Gina as the sneaky and dangerous temptress, a boa constrictor of this fighting jungle," said Field. "Watch out kickboxers!"
Carano, who walked away from the fight game in 2009, has gone on to star in movies like Haywire, Fast and the Furious 6 and In the Blood. The former fighter was recently linked to returning from her five-year hiatus to face current UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, but those talks have since cooled off.
The film is produced by Ted Field of Radar Films, Dimitri Logothetis and Nick Celozzi. Mike Weber and Peter Meyer will executive produce.
The production company, The Exchange, is selling Kickboxer worldwide.