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'Point Break' remake finds its Johnny Utah

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Australian actor Luke Bracey has been cast in the upcoming remake of the 1991 film Point Break, playing Johnny Utah, the role originated by Keanu Reeves. Invincible‘s Ericson Core will direct.

The project was first announced back in 2011. Kathryn Bigelow, who went on to win a Best Director Oscar for The Hurt Locker, directed the original. Gerard Butler is set to play Bodhi, the leader of the gang of surfers played by the late Patrick Swayze.

Bracey’s name has been in the headlines recently for another high-profile job: It was announced last week that he’s taking over for Paul Walker, who died in November, in the Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Best of Me. The 24-year-old is best known for taking over for Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Cobra Commander in the 2013 sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation. He also played Leighton Meester’s love interest in 2011’s Monte Carlo.