Trailer for Kickboxer: Vengeance, starring Dave Bautista, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Gina Carano.
Jean-Claude Van Damme returns for a new chapter in the adrenaline charged Kickboxer legacy. Kurt Sloane (Alain Moussi) has always been there for his brother, Eric (Darren Shahlavi), who’s known in the martial arts world as a modern-day warrior. But when the ruthless and undefeated fighter Tong Po (David Bautista) brutally ends Eric’s life in a no-holds-barred match in Thailand, Kurt devotes himself to training with a master (Van Damme) in a quest for redemption… and revenge. Featuring MMA champions Georges St-Pierre, Gina Carano, Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum, Kickboxer: Vengeance delivers a one-two punch of jaw dropping fights and death defying stunts.While Kickboxer: Vengeance is sure to turn heads thanks to Jean-Claude Van Damme’s involvement, the truth is that he wasn’t the first actor considered for the role of mentor. Tony Jaa originally landed the part, but later dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. What conflict you ask? Well, we’re not for sure, but thinking that the latest installment had something to do with it.
Cast as one of the Sloane brothers, this project was the last feature by British actor Darren Shahlavi. The martial artist died in his sleep on January 14th, 2015, from a heart attack caused by arteriosclerotic vascular disease.
Having loved Van Damme films back in the 80s and early 90s, I always enter a sort of midlife crisis when I see an aged action hero I remember as being spritely who is now taking roles as the “aged mentor”. Not to say he doesn’t look good, he looks insane and can still kick ass, it’s just the fact that he rocks reading glasses now.