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Edgar Ramirez in Negotiations to Replace Gerard Butler in 'Point Break' Remake

6/17/2014

By Jeff Sneider
TheWrap

Edgar Ramirez is in negotiations to star in Alcon Entertainment's re-creation of the classic 1991 action-thriller POINT BREAK, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.

Ramirez will play the role of "Bodhi," the character made famous by Patrick Swayze in the original film.  Ericson Core (Invincible) is directing from a screenplay by Kurt Wimmer (Salt, Law Abiding Citizen).

Ramirez recently wrapped filming on Hands of Stone, the Roberto Duran biopic in which he plays the title character, starring opposite Robert DeNiro. He is best known for his award-winning, lead role in Olivier Assayas' CARLOS, for which he received Golden Globe, Emmy and SAG nominations. In 2012 he received attention for his performance in the critically acclaimed and multiple Oscar nominated Zero Dark Thirty, alongside Jessica Chastain. He next stars in Screen Gems' Deliver Us From Evil with Eric Bana, and in the lead role of "Simon Bolivar," in the epic The Liberator, on which he also serves as an executive producer.

States Kosove and Johnson: "We consider Edgar one of the finest actors in the world today and we are thrilled he will be creating a fresh new take on the iconic character of Bodhi."

Alcon principals Kosove and Johnson secured rights to the project from RGM Media, John McMurrick and Chris Taylor. Kosove and Johnson will produce along with John Baldecchi, Chris Taylor and Wimmer. RGM Media principal Devesh Chetty and investor John McMurrick, Chairman of Marloss Entertainment, will serve as executive producers.

The re-creation is set in the world of international heists and extreme sports, and like the original involves an undercover FBI agent infiltrating a criminal ring.

At the most recent American Film Market, POINT BREAK was an international success story, quickly selling out all rights worldwide, with many foreign distributors returning time and again with numerous counter bids. The film will be released domestically via Warner Bros through Alcon's long-term distribution pact. Principal photography is set to begin early this summer.

Ramirez is represented by CAA and Impression Entertainment.

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