Gerard Butler has departed the 'Point Break' sequel.
Gerard Butler has quit the Point Break remake because of a confluence of factors, including creative differences and a scheduling conflict. Butler was set to play the Zen-infused thief originally played by Patrick Swayze, opposite Keanu Reeves' Johnny Utah in the 1990s classic action movie. Luke Bracey will take Keanu's role in the remake.
Gerard Butler, Chilling at the Beach
Point Break will start shooting in late June and will last several months, though Ericson Core and his team are on the hunt for a new star. Insiders say production company Alcon is intent on maintaining its start date and will recast the part in the coming weeks, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Part of the problem was Butler was the recent green-lighting of the Olympus Has Fallen sequel London Has Fallen, which shoots in the English capital in the fall. The sequel will see the British Prime Minister due under mysterious circumstances, with an attack on the city taking place during the funeral. It hasn't been announced whether original co-stars Morgan Freeman and Aaron Eckhart will also be reprising their roles in the follow-up to the 2013 terrorism thriller.
As for possible replacements for Butler in Point Break, Chris Hemsworth is a distinct possibility, though Charlie Hunnam would be available too. Garrett Hedlund has been on the hunt for a major role since Tron: Legacy - though he turned down Fifty Shades of Grey - and he could be the one. What do you think?
Point Break has a script from Total Recall and Salt scribe Kurt Wimmer and is produced by Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.