“Kickboxer: Vengeance” isn’t being released until next month, but its sequel “Kickboxer: Retaliation” has already been announced. Though original franchise star Jean-Claude Van Damme has long been confirmed as part of the “Vengeance” cast, his involvement in “Retaliation” remained a matter of speculation until earlier this week. The Muscles from Brussels officially signed his contract during a live Facebook video posted on the 4th of July, happily announcing it as “the first time I’ve signed a contract onscreen.”
Next month’s reboot of the series started by 1989’s “Kickboxer” also stars Alain Moussi, former WWE Champion Dave Bautista and Gina Carano; its sequel, which begins filming in Thailand next week, will feature Mike Tyson, soccer icon Ronaldinho and Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, best known for playing the Mountain on “Game of Thrones.”
“JC brings his charisma and martial arts talents to ‘Kickboxer’ as no other actor can,” says Dimitri Logothetis, who’s writing and directing “Retaliation” after also writing and producing “Vengeance.” All well and good, but what’s a guy gotta do for a “Bloodsport” reboot?