With the casting of real fighters and athletes in the currently shooting Kickboxer: Retaliation, an on-set photo lead actor Alain Moussi posted on his official Facebook page has revealed the casting of another mixed martial arts fighter.
Roy “Big Country” Nelson, the winner of the 10th season of The Ultimate Fighter, has been cast alongside Moussi, fellow UFC fighters Paige VanZant and Fabricio Werdum, boxing legend Mike Tyson, and soccer star Ronaldinho. Nelson had made his film debut in the opening sequence of the 2015 direct-to-DVD sequel The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power.
Alongside the casting of Nelson, the Kickboxer: Vengeance website has revealed the official synopsis for the sequel:
“Kickboxer: Retaliation continues where Kickboxer: Vengeance left off. It has now been 12 months since Kurt Sloan left Thailand vowing never to return. We pickup the story in a crowded sports arena with cheering fans where Kurt is now in a new battle – A title bout for the MMA World Championship title. When Kurt returns back to the locker room he is met by a familiar face along with, what we are led to believe to be two US marshals who charge Kurt with a crime and is extradited back to Thailand in an illegal manner. At some point during the journey, Kurt is sedated and later wakes up in a dingy cell at an infamous prison in Bangkok, Thailand.
Kurt soon meets the masterminds behind his abduction and is told he needs to fight a new formidable foe named Mongkut, who is a beast of a man, standing at 6’8″ and weighing in around 400lbs of solid muscle. This is a specticle they know will bring in millions. Kurt is offered 2 million dollars to fight or face a life term behind bars, but Kurt is steadfast and just wants to go home…He will not put a price on human life for the pleasure of others. A bounty is placed on Kurt’s head, prompting other prisoners to take shots to help coerce him to fight, however, Kurt can certainly hold his own and is not phased at all by any of this , however, eventually, under duress, he is forced to fight.
Kurt does not fully comprehend the challenge he has ahead of him until he encounters the pure size and strength of the man named Mongkut. Through much pain and pure determination, Kurt is put through some of the most enduring training he has ever experienced to prepare him for the fight for his life.”
In September, the fans will finally get their look at Kickboxer: Vengeance while Kickboxer: Retaliation is currently in production for a 2017 release date.