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Taylor Kitsch has been offered the leading role in The Raid remake

08.04.2014

Taylor Kitsch was being groomed as a franchise man when X-MEN: ORIGINS and JOHN CARTER hit screens, but it was not meant to be. At least, not at that time. The commercial success was less than stellar with those flicks and now the all-but-confirmed news of Channing Tatum taking over the role of Gambit brings Kitsch back to square one. The man has recently proved his acting chops with HBO's film, THE NORMAL HEART, and it sounds like things are revving back up. Kitsch is the latest rumor to be taking on a lead role in season 2 of True Detective, and now it seems he's being offered the lead role in the American-made THE RAID remake.

The early rumor was that Liam and Chris Hemsworth were being approached for the roles of the two brothers in the film but that probably made too much sense (or Chris was more likely too busy). Apparently two seperate sources have said that Taylor Kitsch is the real deal if he's up for it. I'm totally game if he is. More importantly to me is that this remake will be helmed by THE EXPENDABLES 3 director, Patrick Hughes. THE EXPENDABLES franchise has yet to make a solid flick thus far, so I'm hoping for the best when it comes to the third installment. If THE EXPENDABLES 3 wins over audiences, that'll go a long way with inspiring confidence with a RAID remake.

Patrick Hughes' THE EXPENDABLES 3 his theaters August 15, but you can expect some interviews up with the cast of THE EXPENDABLES 3 later this week!

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9:42AM on 08/06/2014
ever since FNL i've wanted him to do well. bummer it comes in the way of an unnecessary remake but i'm optimistic.
ever since FNL i've wanted him to do well. bummer it comes in the way of an unnecessary remake but i'm optimistic.
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6:12AM on 08/06/2014
Why?
Why?
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2:10PM on 08/05/2014
Oldboy failed at the box office, Brick mansions failed at the box office, what makes them think that this will do any better?
Oldboy failed at the box office, Brick mansions failed at the box office, what makes them think that this will do any better?
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6:05PM on 08/05/2014
3rd times the charm lol.
3rd times the charm lol.
5:20AM on 08/06/2014
The Departed didn't fail...... Then again for obvious reasons but still!
The Departed didn't fail...... Then again for obvious reasons but still!
10:14AM on 08/05/2014
Maybe I'm missing something but I just don't get the appeal of this guy. He's not a leading man.
Maybe I'm missing something but I just don't get the appeal of this guy. He's not a leading man.
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9:35AM on 08/05/2014
the very fact this is being remade is a sin against good taste and capitalism. I like dude but this isnt the movie for him.
the very fact this is being remade is a sin against good taste and capitalism. I like dude but this isnt the movie for him.
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7:59AM on 08/05/2014
I'm guessing there's a large pool of people in the US who can't watch a movie properly if they have to read subtitles as well. Otherwise, why else would this movie need to be made? So, I agree, a Raid (English) remake is unnecessary ...particularly as it probably will be made as a 12A. I've seen Carter, enjoyed it loads and really like Kitsch. Whilst Battleship was far from great (story...rather than the lead’s fault) and Kitsch's Gambit sucked horribly (badly written and classic
I'm guessing there's a large pool of people in the US who can't watch a movie properly if they have to read subtitles as well. Otherwise, why else would this movie need to be made? So, I agree, a Raid (English) remake is unnecessary ...particularly as it probably will be made as a 12A. I've seen Carter, enjoyed it loads and really like Kitsch. Whilst Battleship was far from great (story...rather than the lead’s fault) and Kitsch's Gambit sucked horribly (badly written and classic marketing ploy to stick in yet another popular character (i.e. Deadpool) in to the movie. As per Reynolds, it wasn't his fault. I’d have been happy for him to continue as Gambit). I can see Kitsch being a big blockbuster movie lead...but he needs to pick his movies better. He's going to win no fans in a Raid remake...mainly because the originals (in general) are almost always far superior and universally loved but also if it gets the 12A treatment it’s not going to be enjoyably violent. I just saw the Robocop remake – it’s nowhere near the original. That said, if it’s not 12A he simply won't get the mass appeal he needs to make him a top blockbuster movie lead – you only need to see what happened with Dredd to understand that. A great movie that isn’t getting the rewards it should be getting.
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6:59AM on 08/05/2014
This could be a remarkably short movie if John Carter leaps straight from the ground floor up to the top due to the different gravity in remakes.
This could be a remarkably short movie if John Carter leaps straight from the ground floor up to the top due to the different gravity in remakes.
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5:57AM on 08/05/2014
This should be a no-brainer. Cast Michael J White, Scott Adkins ,Cyril Raffaelli and why not even Jason Statham. Also Wesley Snipes knows his martial arts.
This should be a no-brainer. Cast Michael J White, Scott Adkins ,Cyril Raffaelli and why not even Jason Statham. Also Wesley Snipes knows his martial arts.
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3:28AM on 08/05/2014
This just in: The Raid remake crashes at box office despite not existing yet.
This just in: The Raid remake crashes at box office despite not existing yet.
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1:58AM on 08/05/2014
Kitsch needs to fire his agent. Maybe speaking from the heart but these movies don't need to be remade, they're so terrific in their own ways. Gareth Evans needs to be making studio films instead of dickheads like Liebsman.
Kitsch needs to fire his agent. Maybe speaking from the heart but these movies don't need to be remade, they're so terrific in their own ways. Gareth Evans needs to be making studio films instead of dickheads like Liebsman.
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1:54AM on 08/05/2014
I want Taylor Kitsch to make it big, but no. This movie does not need to be made, and he is not the one to be in it.
I want Taylor Kitsch to make it big, but no. This movie does not need to be made, and he is not the one to be in it.
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1:46AM on 08/05/2014
Wasn´t Frank Grillo attached to this at some point?
Wasn´t Frank Grillo attached to this at some point?
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12:02AM on 08/05/2014

Kitsch is in this?

So it will probably make about as much money as the original.
So it will probably make about as much money as the original.
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10:24PM on 08/04/2014
Well I just watched the Raid after hearing so much about it, it was okay, sort of reminded me of Commando, endless fighting to the death in every scene but in 5 seconds they are totally ready to go again. Yah there is no reason to remake this, especially with some no talent lol.
Well I just watched the Raid after hearing so much about it, it was okay, sort of reminded me of Commando, endless fighting to the death in every scene but in 5 seconds they are totally ready to go again. Yah there is no reason to remake this, especially with some no talent lol.
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8:57PM on 08/04/2014
I`ve just seen THE RAID 2 and I highly doubt that Hollywood could make a better movie than that., It will turn out just as OLDBOY and BRICK MANSIONS.. and awful and inferior movie than the original.
I`ve just seen THE RAID 2 and I highly doubt that Hollywood could make a better movie than that., It will turn out just as OLDBOY and BRICK MANSIONS.. and awful and inferior movie than the original.
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8:51PM on 08/04/2014
Ya this is gonna be crappy Hollywood remake if they aren't casting a martial artist in the lead role.
Ya this is gonna be crappy Hollywood remake if they aren't casting a martial artist in the lead role.
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8:43PM on 08/04/2014
You know, If I knew anything about making websites. I would create one where directors, producers, etc...can go on, a ask the masses what they would want to see. That way Hollywood would stop making films expecting people would want to see them. Get ideas and hear what people like. Instead of them making films and basically saying "Deal with it" Maybe its not a great idea, Im just tired of garbage being put out.
You know, If I knew anything about making websites. I would create one where directors, producers, etc...can go on, a ask the masses what they would want to see. That way Hollywood would stop making films expecting people would want to see them. Get ideas and hear what people like. Instead of them making films and basically saying "Deal with it" Maybe its not a great idea, Im just tired of garbage being put out.
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5:50AM on 08/05/2014
They think they got all the info they need. They are too arrogant to take advice from us, the ones who buy the movie tickets.
They think they got all the info they need. They are too arrogant to take advice from us, the ones who buy the movie tickets.
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8:39PM on 08/04/2014

What in the Blue Hell for?

Judging by the people they are trying to get for this film, I dont have much faith in it being a good remake. Not that I had faith in the first place. Not that the Hemsworths and Taylor are bad. Just sounds like its gonna be forgettable, like the Fright Night and Robocop remakes.
Judging by the people they are trying to get for this film, I dont have much faith in it being a good remake. Not that I had faith in the first place. Not that the Hemsworths and Taylor are bad. Just sounds like its gonna be forgettable, like the Fright Night and Robocop remakes.
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8:01PM on 08/04/2014
Kitsch seems like box office poison. He's like the equivalent of Mush from A Bronx Tale.
Kitsch seems like box office poison. He's like the equivalent of Mush from A Bronx Tale.
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7:44PM on 08/04/2014
Red Hill wasn't bad but I'm not hearing anything good about TE3. Kitsch doesn't inspire much confidence either. I suspect this will go the road of most unnecessary remakes, release with little to no fanfare and be forgotten within a year of it's release.
Red Hill wasn't bad but I'm not hearing anything good about TE3. Kitsch doesn't inspire much confidence either. I suspect this will go the road of most unnecessary remakes, release with little to no fanfare and be forgotten within a year of it's release.
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7:41PM on 08/04/2014
This has nothing to do with Kitsch, it's just this film is completely unnecessary. Audience members shouldn't be so concerned with reading subtitles. The Raid is an excellent film with an even better sequel.
This has nothing to do with Kitsch, it's just this film is completely unnecessary. Audience members shouldn't be so concerned with reading subtitles. The Raid is an excellent film with an even better sequel.
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7:20PM on 08/04/2014
Ouch. This guy has the Midas Touch of bad luck. The film is doomed.
Ouch. This guy has the Midas Touch of bad luck. The film is doomed.
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7:12PM on 08/04/2014
Another unnecessary remake. If Americans are too lazy to read then fuck em. Their loss. The only movie I want to see remade in the US is The Educators and that's because the story is more relevant here than in its native country.
Another unnecessary remake. If Americans are too lazy to read then fuck em. Their loss. The only movie I want to see remade in the US is The Educators and that's because the story is more relevant here than in its native country.
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6:51PM on 08/04/2014

Patrick Hughes? NO THANKS!

He did an AWFUL job on Expendables 3! I personally wouldn't let him anywhere near this!
As for a proper pick, just get Gareth Evans to do the remake. Cast Scott Adkins, add Frank Grillo, maybe even some Michael Jai White action. That's the only way I'd be interested, as Raid 1 and 2 are AWESOME!
He did an AWFUL job on Expendables 3! I personally wouldn't let him anywhere near this!
As for a proper pick, just get Gareth Evans to do the remake. Cast Scott Adkins, add Frank Grillo, maybe even some Michael Jai White action. That's the only way I'd be interested, as Raid 1 and 2 are AWESOME!
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7:11PM on 08/04/2014
How do you know he did an awful job on Expendables 3 if it hasn`t been released yet?
How do you know he did an awful job on Expendables 3 if it hasn`t been released yet?
7:34PM on 08/04/2014
It was the World Premiere today here in London. The action in it is terribly cut and there's little to no blood on most scenes. Some of the camera angles when fighting are really really lame. The story also has lack of pace. Absolutely terrible.

And it's a real shame, because I'm a HUGE Stallone & Co fan. Sadly, this one is Hughes' fault. EXP2 is still my favourite of the saga, with the extended cut of EXP1 in second place. I highly doubt I'll even watch this one again.
It was the World Premiere today here in London. The action in it is terribly cut and there's little to no blood on most scenes. Some of the camera angles when fighting are really really lame. The story also has lack of pace. Absolutely terrible.

And it's a real shame, because I'm a HUGE Stallone & Co fan. Sadly, this one is Hughes' fault. EXP2 is still my favourite of the saga, with the extended cut of EXP1 in second place. I highly doubt I'll even watch this one again.
7:40PM on 08/04/2014
queen bee,

The full film has already leaked online.
queen bee,

The full film has already leaked online.
8:47PM on 08/04/2014
Yea. I saw the movie featured on a website the shows movies that arent out on DvD yet. This is one of the few films that came out before it hit theaters. Ill wait to see it, didnt want to be a dick and watch it early
Yea. I saw the movie featured on a website the shows movies that arent out on DvD yet. This is one of the few films that came out before it hit theaters. Ill wait to see it, didnt want to be a dick and watch it early
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6:50PM on 08/04/2014
He was really good in Lone Survivor... I just don't see him having the same martial arts physicality that Iko Uwais had in the original 2 bad ass flicks!
He was really good in Lone Survivor... I just don't see him having the same martial arts physicality that Iko Uwais had in the original 2 bad ass flicks!
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6:35PM on 08/04/2014

Nothing against him but...

He should find something else. This remake is destined to fail since it is a remake of a superior action movie. Americans can't choreograph action anymore.
He should find something else. This remake is destined to fail since it is a remake of a superior action movie. Americans can't choreograph action anymore.
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6:19PM on 08/04/2014
I don;t mind him starring. I just feel weird whenever there is an American remake of a foreign film so soon. It also makes me realize how pathetic it is that people can't stand subtitles.
I don;t mind him starring. I just feel weird whenever there is an American remake of a foreign film so soon. It also makes me realize how pathetic it is that people can't stand subtitles.
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6:11PM on 08/04/2014
Even though I think a remake isn't necessary, I do think he would do a great job. It's not like Origins Wolverine, and John Carter were his fault. Blame that to a shitty screenplay and poor marketing.

The guy is a good actor and has shown it. Hope he signs on.
Even though I think a remake isn't necessary, I do think he would do a great job. It's not like Origins Wolverine, and John Carter were his fault. Blame that to a shitty screenplay and poor marketing.

The guy is a good actor and has shown it. Hope he signs on.
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6:10PM on 08/04/2014
Well he`s no Iko Uwais.I`m guessing this will be more shooting then punching in the action scenes.
Well he`s no Iko Uwais.I`m guessing this will be more shooting then punching in the action scenes.
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6:05PM on 08/04/2014

LAME

Just watch the original. Read some subtitles. This is a BAD idea..
Just watch the original. Read some subtitles. This is a BAD idea..
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5:59PM on 08/04/2014
No... Not him again! Why can't we get someone like Scott Adkins???
No... Not him again! Why can't we get someone like Scott Adkins???
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