Edgar Ramirez in ‘Point Break’ (Warner Bros.)
It’s been nearly 25 years since Kathryn Bigelow’s Point Break surfed into movie theaters in 1991, which makes it just about time for the action-heist movie to get a reboot. On Tuesday, Warner Bros. released the first two photos from their upcoming remake of the cult-classic surfing film at the annual CinemaCon gathering of theater owners in Las Vegas. (The new version hits theaters on Christmas Day.)
Luke Bracey in ‘Point Break’ (Warner Bros.)
This time around, Luke Bracey (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) stars as FBI agent Johnny Utah (a role originally played by Keanu Reeves), who goes deep undercover to infiltrate a gang of thrill-seeking athletes that he suspects are a behind a wave of deadly crimes. The group — who are now more well-rounded extreme sports adrenaline addicts instead of simply surfer dudes — are led by the charismatic Bodhi, a role originated by Patrick Swayze and now filled by Édgar Ramirez (Zero Dark Thirty).
Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze in the original ‘Point Break’ (Everett)
Early footage of the movie that was shown at CinemaCon reportedly emphasized a lot of crazy, high-flying stunts. That indicates that director Ericson Core (Invincible) is emulating a film that actually got its inspiration from the first Point Break: 2001′s The Fast and the Furious, which was initially described as Point Break with cars with its story of an outlaw LA cop infiltrating a street-racing gang. And if anyone is qualified to do that, it’s Ericson: He was actually the cinematographer on The Fast and the Furious.