With actors like Edgar Ramirez and Ray Winstone on board, the upcoming remake of Point Break sits in a good place where male actors are concerned, but now they are ready to start playing on the other side of the gender line. Alcon Entertainment has officially announced that Australian actress Teresa Palmer is now in talks to play the female lead in the new action movie.
Set to be directed by Ericson Core, the filmmaker behind the 2006 Mark Wahlberg football movie Invincible, Point Break will once again tell the story of a young FBI agent named Johnny Utah (set to be played by Luke Bracey) who goes undercover to infiltrate a gang of bank robbers who also happen to have a passion for extreme sports. Ramirez will be playing Bodhi, the leader of the criminals originally portrayed by Patrick Swayze and Winstone will reportedly be Pappas, Utah's handler brought to life by Gary Busey in Kathryn Bigelow's 1991 movie. Sadly there is no information in Deadline's article about the role Teresa Palmer will be taking, but if the original is anything to go by she will probably be playing Tyler, the young woman who teaches Johnny to surf and winds up being his romantic interest.
There were a few years recently where Palmer simply couldn't catch a break at the box office, but it's possible those times are coming to an end. Between 2010 and 2011 she was in The Sorcerer's Apprentice, I Am Number Four and Take Me Home Tonight, all of which failed to get any attention from audiences. Last year, however, she played the lead female role in Jonathan Levine's Warm Bodies and not only earned critical acclaim for her performance but saw the film make $116 million globally on a $35 million reported budget.
Point Break will presumably be Teresa Palmer's next big project, but she has a good amount of stuff that she's been working on coming up. She is playing the lead in the Kriv Stenders Australian thriller Kill Me Three Times, has a role in Terrence Malick's Knight Of Cups, is part of John Hillcoat's Triple Nine ensemble, and will be starring opposite Liam Hemsworth, Billy Bob Thornton and John Malkovich in Matt Shakman's Cut Bank.
Palmer will probably be one of the last if not the last lead cast in Point Break, given that the movie is scheduled to start rolling cameras in just 10 days. The script, which was written by Kurt Wimmer (the Total Recall remake), will reportedly require the production to take place all over the world, stopping in four continents. Shooting locations will include Germany, Austria, Italy, Mexico, Venezuela, French Polynesia, and India. You'll be able to find the finished result in theaters when Warner Bros. releases it on August 7, 2015.
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