Butler breaks away from Point Break
Gerard Butler has reportedly dropped out of the Point Break remake just a month before it was due to start shooting.
The Scottish action star was due to play Bodhi, the philosophical surfer who seeks adrenaline thrills through extreme sports and robbing banks in Alcon's rermake of the 1991 cult classic which starred Keanu Reeves and the late Patrick Swayze.
Sources have told The Hollywood Reporter that Gerard's parting of ways was due to a combination of creative differences and scheduling conflicts.
Point Break is scheduled to begin filming in late June, lasting several months, and will involve travelling to several global locations. But Gerard is also due to star in London Has Fallen, the sequel to Olympus Has Fallen on which he is also a producer, which will be shot in London in the autumn.
Insiders say Alcon intend to go ahead with filming in June as planned and will recast the part in the coming weeks.
Gerard was to take on the role played by Patrick Swayze in Kathryn Bigelow's original movie, opposite Luke Bracey, who is playing hotshot FBI agent Johnny Utah, originally played by Keanu Reeves.
The Fast And The Furious's Ericson Core is directing the film. The script by Kurt Wimmer is said to have the same plot - an FBI agent infiltrating a crime ring - but is set in the international world of extreme sports instead of the Southern California surf scene.
It was recently reported that Ray Winstone was in talks for the part of Agent Angelo Pappas, which was played by Gary Busey in the original film.