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New Johnny Utah in ‘Point Break’: Who the Heck Is Luke Bracey?

Amanda Bell
Yahoo Movies
February 25, 2014
Luke Bracey
Luke Bracey

Like it or not, the "Point Break" remake is still happening. And now Gerard Butler has his screen partner for the 2.0 version of the surftastic duo first embodied by Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves in Kathryn Bigelow's 1991 original.

Aussie actor Luke Bracey has joined the film to star as Johnny Utah, Alcon Entertainment confirms to Yahoo Movies. Yup, Bracey will be in Reeves's role, as an undercover FBI agent who infiltrates a gang of thieves by sharing in their love of extreme sports.

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So, who is this Luke Bracey fellow – ya know, apart from being another hunky Australian import in the vein of the Hemsworth brothers, Sam Worthington, Ryan Kwanten, Simon Baker, Hugh Jackman, and Eric Bana (we could go on)?

Well, the 24-year-old actor first got his breakthrough on the small screen down under with a regular role in the soap series "Home and Away," followed by a guest spot in the Sydney-based family drama show "Dance Academy."

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"I completely fell into acting," he told Australia's SBS Films.

"When I left school I was playing rugby union in Sydney and looking to go somewhere in that. Then I got asked to audition by a TV Show ('Out of the Blue') by a friend of mine and seven months later I got asked by that casting director to audition for 'Home and Away' and I got the job."

Soon after, though, he made way to the States, citing a lack of "strong" movie material in his home nation, and earned supporting roles in American films like "Monte Carlo" and "G.I. Joe Retaliation."

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Luke Bracey was then plucked to star in the upcoming Nicholas Sparks adaptation, "The Best of Me," opposite fellow up-and-comer Liana Liberato as a couple of high school sweethearts who reunite later in life (with the elder versions played by James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan). With that film, coming out next Oct., there's a decent chance that Bracey is already on his way to achieving moderate heartthrob status with the Sparks faithful.

And Bracey's name may also already be familiar to members of the YA fan community, as he was one of the few mentioned in casting discussions for the next big thing in dystopia, "Divergent." Early on, he was one of the young actors who tested with Shailene Woodley for the coveted leading male role of Four, and he was even later rumored to be in the front of the line to take Charlie Hunnam's old spot in the sure-to-be-racy Alcon adaptation of "Fifty Shades of Grey." (Those parts ultimately went to Theo James and Jamie Dornan, respectively, but it still may have made Bracey's name recognizable within those two particularly attentive and large fan bases.)

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Bracey did also nab a leading role in the ABC pilot "Westside," which played on the haves versus have-nots dynamic in "Romeo and Juliet," but it was not picked up to series.

In addition to "The Best of Me," which bows in October, Bracey will grace the big screen in November's "The November Man," featuring Pierce Brosnan and Olga Kurylenko. The film is an action thriller about a former CIA operative (Brosnan) who comes back into the game to go toe-to-toe with his former protégé (Bracey's part).

The "Point Break" reboot will be directed by Ericson Core ("Invincible") from Kurt Wimmer ("Salt," the "Total Recall" remake)'s screenplay. Shooting is expected to begin in early summer.

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