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Jake Gyllenhaal Set To Star In Remake Of Iconic 80s Patrick Swayze Movie

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Jake Gyllenhaal Set To Star In Remake Of Iconic 80s Patrick Swayze Movie

Jake Gyllenhaal is officially starring in a remake of one of Patrick Swayze’s classic films for Amazon’s Prime Video.

It was first reported in November that Gyllenhaal and Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman would team up for the reimagination of the MGM classic alongside the movie's original producer Joel Silver.

And now Prime Video officially confirmed the news we’ve all been waiting for and announced the production’s impending start on Tuesday (2 August).

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Jake Gyllenhaal will officially star in a reimagination of the iconic 80s film. Credit: Alamy
Jake Gyllenhaal will officially star in a reimagination of the iconic 80s film. Credit: Alamy

Amazon Studios Head Jennifer Salke said: “Road House is a homerun for us. Not only is it a nod to fans of the original, but it is also a big, fun, broad audience movie.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Joel, Doug, and this great cast led by Jake Gyllenhaal, and for them to come together to reimagine the classic MGM film as an action-packed adventure for our global audience.”

While filmmaker Liman shared in a statement: “I’m thrilled to put my own spin on the beloved Road House legacy.

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“And I can’t wait to show audiences what Jake and I are going to do with this iconic role.”

Released in 1989, the original Road House saw Swayze take on the role of bouncer Dalton, who is hired to work at one of Missouri’s rowdiest bars, The Double Deuce, but gets more than he bargained for when he finds himself attempting to protect the town from a corrupt businessman.

The film also starred Kelly Lynch and Sam Elliott, and more than three decades on Swayze’s Dalton is still considered a favourite character for Swayze fans.

Swayze as Dalton in 1989 film Road House. Credit: MGM
Swayze as Dalton in 1989 film Road House. Credit: MGM
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According to the studio, the movie will follow Gyllenhaal as an ex-UFC fighter who gets hired as a bouncer at a 'rough-and-tumble roadhouse' in the Florida Keys but quickly 'discovers that not everything is what it seems in this tropical paradise'.

No Time To Die actor Billy Magnussen, Daniela Melchior of Suicide Squad fame and The White Lotus’ Lukas Gage are also slated to appear in the feature, which was written by Anthony Bagarozzi & Charles Mondry.

According to Variety, the Amazon Original movie is set to go into production in the Dominican Republic later this month.

Back in November, we reported that the project had been in the works for some time, though initial plans to have Ronda Rousey in the lead role were ultimately shelved, according to Deadline.

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Topics: Film & TV, Jake Gyllenhaal, Film and TV

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