UFC heavyweight fighter Roy Nelson, also known as Big Country, has joined the cast of the upcoming Kickboxer: Retaliation. This is the second installment in a trilogy reboot of 1989’s hit action film Kickboxer, which was a worldwide phenomenon starring Jean-Claude Van Damme.
Kickboxer: Retaliation picks up where Kickboxer: Vengeance leaves off with Kurt Sloan (Moussi) back in Thailand fending for his life against a new formidable foe, Mongkut portrayed by Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (The Mountain on Game of Thrones). Nelson, who is a trained mixed martial artist and former professional rugby player, is set to appear in the film alongside previously announced fighting champions Mike Tyson, Georges St-Pierre and Fabricio Werdum, worldwide soccer phenom Ronadlinho and Jean Claude Van Damme. He’ll portray an inmate who is part of a group of prisoners being held with Kurt Sloan and training him to fight for his life.
“Roy’s determination during our Vegas shoot, as he worked alongside Mike Tyson and Ronaldinho, showed us that he obviously has a genuine love for the screen,” said producer Rob Hickman. “His intriguing performance has led our team to expand his role in the film and we believe this could open further doors, ultimately being a cross over opportunity for him. Roy will now be heading to Thailand to work with the rest of the cast,” producer Rob Hickman.
Kickboxer: Retaliation is currently filming principal photography on location in Thailand with additional filming taking place in California and Nevada. Dimitri Logothetis, (Stephen King’s Sleepwalkers), who himself holds two black belts in martial arts, serves as writer and director on the film.
Logothetis’ Acme Rocket Fuel has teamed with Our House Films as the production houses behind Kickboxer: Retaliation with Hickman and Logothetis producing and Larry Nealy, Jay Strommen and Steven Swadling serving as executive producers.
The first film in the trilogy, Kickboxer: Vengeance, stars Jean Claude Van Damme, Alain Moussi, Dave Bautista and Gina Carano and hits theaters and VOD in September of this year.