ByMatt Juul, writer at
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Matt Juul

It's been nearly three decades since Jean-Claude Van Damme last starred in a Kickboxer movie, but judging by the trailer for the franchise's latest installment, it appears that the legendary action movie actor hasn't missed a beat.

Van Damme is set to return to the series in the upcoming reboot Kickboxer: Vengeance. However, he won't be back as protagonist Kurt Sloane. Instead, Van Damme will be playing Master Durand, the Muay Thai guru who ends up training the new Sloane, played by actor Alain Moussi.

As you can see by the trailer below, the 55-year-old Belgian actor can still throw a mean head kick.

Van Damme isn't the only big name attached to Kickboxer: Vengeance as several high-profile actors and MMA fighters are set to appear in the film.

The villanous Tong Po, who was played by Michel Qissi in the original Kickboxer, will now be played by Guardians of the Galaxy actor and former WWE star Dave Bautista. The ex-pro wrestler and one-time MMA fighter even rocks the same sick ponytail in the trailer for the upcoming reboot.

Women's MMA pioneer Gina Carano will also be featured in the film alongside many current and former UFC stars, including Georges St-Pierre, Tyron Woodley, Cain Velasquez, and Fabricio Werdum.

Similar to the 1989 film, Kickboxer: Vengeance focus on Kurt Sloane as he tries to get revenge for his brother who is brutally beaten by Tong Po in a Muay Thai fight.

While the reboot hasn't received a release date yet, the filmmakers have already started working on a sequel titled, Kickboxer: Retaliation.

Van Damme, Moussi, Bautista, and Carano are set to reprise their roles in the follow-up and will be joined by a few other notable combat sports stars, including Mike Tyson, Paige VanZant, and Roy "Big Country" Nelson.

By the looks of an image that leaked online, it appears that Werdum will be back in the Kickboxer sequel as well.

Here's hoping the reboot can live up to the legacy of the cult classic film.


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