Hollywood remaking classic movies continues on, and the most recent announcement was a remake of the cult classic martial arts movie “Kickboxer.” The original movie starred Jean Claude Van Damme as the brother of a world champion kickboxer. When his brother is paralyzed in a fight with a ruthless opponent, Van Damme trains to enter the kickboxing ranks and then sets out for revenge.
The new “Kickboxer” remake will star newcomer Alain Moussi, a Hollywood stunt man who has worked on movies like the upcoming “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” Joining him is two of the bigger names in fight sports. Former WWE champion Batista and UFC champion Georges St. Pierre have signed on to join the movie in unspecified roles. Both fighters are part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Batista starring in the upcoming “Guardians of the Galaxy” and St. Pierre playing a villain in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Now, both men will join forces in the world of “Kickboxer.”
While Batista has been making a big name for himself recently in Hollywood, here is a look at the biggest names to crossover from the squared circle to the Hollywood big screen.
Rowdy Roddy Piper
Arguably, the biggest villain in professional wrestling history was Rowdy Roddy Piper in the 80s, the man who helped make Hulk Hogan the biggest hero in the WWE. However, after the second Wrestlemania event, Piper started to gravitate away from wrestling and into Hollywood. His biggest success was the John Carpenter directed sci-fi movie “They Live.” In that movie, Piper played a man who received special sunglasses that allowed him to see that aliens had taken over much of the population and he ends up fighting for the survival of humanity. Most recently, Piper appeared in “Pro Wrestlers vs. Zombies.”
Jesse “The Body” Ventura
Jesse Venture was a huge star in the 70s and early 80s and then went on to become a very entertaining pro wrestling commentator for the WWE. It was at this time that he set his eyes on Hollywood and, thanks in large part to his friendship with Arnold Schwarzenegger, picked up a couple of big key roles in action blockbusters. He starred in the Stephen King adaptation “Running Man” and then teamed with Schwarzenegger in the horror movie “Predator.” After serving as Governor of Minnesota, he turned to television and hosted his own conspiracy theory show.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
People can’t talk about the most famous wrestlers turned actors without talking about the biggest of them all. After a very successful career in the WWE, The Rock started going by his real name, Dwayne Johnson, and became one of Hollywood’s hottest actors. He started out in the basic action roles most wrestlers get but then ended up as the man who saved both the “Fast and Furious” and “G.I. Joe” franchises when he took on roles in their sequels. The Rock is now almost as well known by movie fans as he was with wrestling fans.