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While fans are still awaiting the release of Kickboxer: Vengeance, the reboot of the 1989 film that starred Jean-Claude Van Damme, the financiers of the announced sequel, Kickboxer: Retaliation, Our House Films, Acme Rocket Fuel, and Headmon Entertainment, dropped some major news yesterday, which includes the casting of the villain and when production is set to begin.

Alain Moussi and Jean-Claude Van Damme have signed on to return as Kurt Sloane and his mentor, Master Durand, as the sequel will focus on the duo taking on a syndicate of criminals. However, Kurt will have his work cut out for him as he will face a beast. No, a “Mountain”. Yes, that pun was intentional as it was announced that Hafthor Julius Bjornsson, who plays Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane on the hit HBO series Game of Thrones, will play Kurt’s new nemesis in the film.

Dimitri Logothesis, who wrote and served as producer of Vengeance, will pull triple duty on the sequel as writer, producer, and director. Logothesis shot a major portion of the Bangkok shoot of Vengeance.

Production on Kickboxer: Retaliation is set to begin in May in Thailand. Meanwhile, fans still await the news of the release of Kickboxer: Vengeance.