He was set to star in the role originally filled by Patrick Swayze as Bodhi, the Zen-infused surfer and robber. His co-star Luke Bracey is still attached to play hotshot FBI agent Johnny Utah, a character originally played by Keanu Reeves.
Point Break is set to shoot in late June, with that lasting several months across a number of countries. However, with Butler attached to Olympus Has Fallen sequel London Has Fallen (more details on which can be found by clicking here), things just didn’t work out in terms of timing.
There’s no word on what those potential creative differences were however. Production is still on schedule and the role will be recast in the coming weeks.
Invincible’s Ericson Core is directed the remake of Kathryn Bigelow’s action classic, while the screenplay was penned by Salt and Total Recall scribe Kurt Wimmer.
There’s no synopsis for the movie as of yet, although it was described earlier this year as focusing on Brodhi, an expert extreme-sports athlete who seeks nirvana through the conquest of a series of athletic feats such as surfing 100-foot waves. He saves Johnny Utah, the undercover FBI agent, and brings him into the fold of international criminals.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter