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Ray Winstone in talks for Point Break remake

The Sweeney

Story by Jack Foley

RAY Winstone is in talks to play FBI agent Angelo Pappas in the remake of Point Break.

If successful, the British actor – currently on screens in Biblical epic Noah – would fill the shoes once worn by Gary Busey in Kathryn Bigelow’s original.

Pappas is the FBI veteran who first offers up the theory that the film’s central gang of bank robbers, known as The Ex-Presidents, are surfers, promoting Keanu Reeves’ Johnny Utah to set about infiltrating the Los Angeles surf scene, where he meets Patrick Swayze’s charismatic Bodhi.

Australian actor Luke Bracey has already been confirmed as the new Utah, with Gerard Butler as the new Bodhi.

However, while the names of the protagonists remain the same, producer Broderick Johnson does intend to make some changes.

The Ex-Presidents – who originally used face-masks of former US Presidents such as Nixon and Ronald Reagan – may now don more contemporary masks as well.

He told the website Collider: “I think you’ve also got to throw in Merkel and maybe Putin, and a couple new people in there. Maybe we’ll put Nixon in there as a little throwback.”

Johnson went on to say: “The script only shares in common with the original the characters and the nature of the character dynamic between Utah and Bodhi and their relationship. Everything else about the movie is different. The narrative of the movie is different. While we do have surfing in the film, it is only a subset of the extreme sports that we deal with, including free-climbing, motocross, wing-suiting and so forth.”

The Point Break remake is scheduled for release in cinemas in 2015.

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