Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has landed the lead role in an upcoming movie project. According to a press release, GSP will star in a remake of “Kickboxer,” a hit 1989 film.
St-Pierre, who stepped away from MMA last year, can currently be seen in the film, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” He will be joined in the upcoming movie by Dave Bautista, a former WWE pro wrestling champion. Bautista has a part in the film, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which is slated for a release later this year.
The Kickboxer remake wil lbe directed by Stephen Gung and produced by Ted Field of Radar Pictures. The film idea will be pitched during the upcoming Cannes market to prospective buyers.
Future casting is expected to be announced in the coming weeks. Alain Moussi will be introduced as the lead in the film after his work on “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Immortals” and “Pacific Rim” as a stuntman and martial artists.
“I am very excited about Kickboxer being in Cannes,” said Brian O’Shea, CEO for The Exchange, which is selling the film. “We have a visionary director, a strong Hollywood producer, a great cast and an action packed script based on a well known property.”
The original Kickboxer film starred Jean-Claude Van Damme and former world kickboxing champion Dennis Alexio.
St-Pierre cited a number of reasons for his decision to step away from MMA, including a desire to work on other projects. Earlier this year, he suffered a knee injury in training. The Canadian has yet to state any concrete plans regarding a return to the Octagon.
Below is the original trailer for Kickboxer: