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RLJ Entertainment (Bone Tomahawk) has acquired U.S. rights to the highly anticipated Kickboxer: Vengeance, which features the return of Jean-Claude Van Damme to the franchise (Bloodsport, Kickboxer) he popularized.

Co-Written by Dimitri Logothetis (Stephen King’s Sleepwalkers) and Jim McGrath and directed by John Stockwell (In the Blood, Blue Crush), the film features a bevy of professional athletes-turned-actors including newcomer Alain Moussi (X-Men: Days of Future Past) Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), Gina Carano (In the Blood, Haywire), Georges St-Pierre (Captain America), and Cain Velasquez (Term Life).

The film was produced by Logothetis along with Nicholas Celozzi, Ted Field (The Last Samurai), Allen Knudson, Samuel Cory Timpson and Rob Hickman.

RLJE plans to release KICKBOXER: VENGEANCE in theaters and On Demand later this year.

“Fans of Jean Claude Van Damme have been waiting for a long time for this reboot of the Kickboxer franchise,” said Mark Ward, RLJ Entertainment’s Chief Acquisitions Officer. “The film delivers more action and an amazing ensemble of fighters from Dave Bautista to George St-Pierre to Cain Velasquez and Gina Carano. Fans will not be disappointed.”

“There is a spectacular beauty in martial arts films that audiences have been deprived of for a significant period of time. Making KICKBOXER: VENGEANCE has been a priority and passion of mine for several years and I’m thrilled to be able to partner with RLJ Entertainment to bring this genre back to theatres,” said producer and writer Logothetis.

An update to the 1989 classic film KICKBOXER, KICKBOXER: VENGEANCE follows the story of Kurt Sloane (Alain Moussi), who travels to Thailand to avenge the death of his brother at the hands of Tong Po (Dave Bautista). Kurt trains with the legendary Master Durand (Jean-Claude Van Damme) until he is ready to take on Tong Po in a brutal fight to the death.

RLJ plans to release the film later this year.

Here's the first trailer for the film.

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