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Gerard Butler exits 'Point Break' remake

He may have fully intended to figure out a new take on Patrick Swayze’s iconic philosopher-surfer, but just months before cameras were supposed to roll on the Point Break remake, news broke that star Gerard Butler had officially dropped out of the project. EW confirmed the news Tuesday.

All we can say is “Vaya con Dios, brah.” It’s probably not a terrible move. READ FULL STORY

'Point Break' remake finds its Johnny Utah: Luke Bracey

Australian actor Luke Bracey has been cast in the upcoming remake of the 1991 film Point Break, playing Johnny Utah, the role originated by Keanu Reeves. Invincible‘s Ericson Core will direct.

The project was first announced back in 2011. Kathryn Bigelow, who went on to win a Best Director Oscar for The Hurt Locker, directed the original. Gerard Butler is set to play Bodhi, the leader of the gang of surfers played by the late Patrick Swayze.

Bracey’s name has been in the headlines recently for another high-profile job: It was announced last week that he’s taking over for Paul Walker, who died in November, in the Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Best of Me. The 24-year-old is best known for taking over for Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Cobra Commander in the 2013 sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation. He also played Leighton Meester’s love interest in 2011′s Monte Carlo.

Casting Net: John Goodman joins 'The Gambler'; Plus, Gerard Butler in talks for Swayze role in 'Point Break'

• John Goodman (Inside Llewyn Davis) has reportedly joined the cast of The Gambler. The veteran actor joins Mark Wahlberg, Brie Larson, and Jessica Lange in the Rupert Wyatt-directed remake of the 1974 James Caan pic that was loosely inspired by a Dostoyevsky novella. William Monahan, who won an Oscar for The Departed, wrote the script. According to the report, Goodman will play a loan shark in the film which likely won’t hit theaters till 2015. In addition to his role in the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, Goodman can be seen next in George Clooney’s The Monuments Men, out Feb. 7, 2014. [The Wrap]

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'Invincible' director Ericson Core to helm 'Point Break' remake

Things are starting to move along for the remake of Kathryn Bigelow’s Point Break that was first announced in September 2011. Alcon Entertainment announced Wednesday that Ericson Core will direct the project.

Core got his start in cinematography, serving as the director of photography for films like The Fast and the Furious and Daredevil. His feature directorial debut was 2006 football film Invincible, which starred Mark Wahlberg. READ FULL STORY

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