The return of Georges St-Pierre is almost here. Not to the Octagon, to the Big Screen.
St-Pierre will star in "Kickboxer: Vengeance," a remake of the 1989 movie featuring an all-time great movie fighter, Jean-Claude Van Damme.
The film is like a who's who of fighting and action films. Van Damme will appear in the movie, along with Dave Bautista, the former WWE champion who earned lavish praise for his appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy. UFC fighters Cain Velasquez, Fabricio Werdum and former Strikeforce fighter, Gina Carano will also appear in the film.
For St-Pierre, the film could be the beginning of something beautiful.
Yeah, I really love it," St-Pierre told ESPN. "It's very fun for me, and I want to learn. I'm not the kind of guy who goes on set and says, 'You know who I am? Let me show you how it's done.' No, this is something that is completely different. I'm ready to learn and sponge as much as I can when I'm on the set to increase my acting skill."
St-Pierre also appeared recently in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."
The former UFC undisputed welterweight champion abruptly retired from the sport after a battle with Johny Hendricks, a fight he won by split decision. Many want GSP to return UFC action, and he has expressed interest in that, as well.
Before that happens, he's enjoying acting and hanging out with one of his heroes, Van Damme. The two are set to square off in the movie.
"It was a dream come true to fight my idol,"St-Pierre told ESPN. "It was just amazing. I couldn't believe it, and Jean-Claude was very nice. He helped me to do great things to make the fight scene memorable. I remember he told me, 'A fight scene is great and will be remembered not only because of the action, but because of the special moments, like wearing a hat.' (Van Damme dons a fedora in their fight scene.)"