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May 8, 2014

Gerard Butler departs 'Point Break' remake

Actor cites "creative differences" as reason behind dropping out of new version of 1991 film

Gerard Butler departs 'Point Break' remake

Gerard Butler has departed the Point Break remake.

The Hollywood Reporter states that Butler blames both scheduling issues and "creative differences" as to why he can no longer commit to the role of bank robber Bodhi in the project. The original Point Break, which was released in 1991, had Patrick Swayze in the starring role and was directed by The Hurt Locker filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow.

The remake will now look to cast a new actor in the lead role and will follow the same plot by focusing on an FBI agent's efforts to infiltrate a criminal gang hidden who are obsessed with extreme sports. A script has reportedly been written by Kurt Wimmer, while Fast & Furious cinematographer Ericson Core will be in the director's chair.

Butler's scheduling issues may stem from his involvement alongside Aaron Eckhart in the sequel to action film Olympus Has Fallen, titled London Has Fallen. The sequel is scheduled for a 2015 release.

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