According to The Playlist, Bill Paxton has now replaced Dennis Quaid in director Steven Soderbergh’s (Ocean’s Eleven, The Informant!) upcoming action-spy-thriller, Knockout. The film stars MMA fighter Gina Carano as a black ops specialist who goes on the run once she’s been double crossed and framed by her own teammates. Quaid was going to be playing the role Carano’s father but had to bow out due to scheduling conflicts with his upcoming film Soul Surfer.
The Playlist also reports that French actor and director Mathieu Kassovitz (Amelie) has also joined his cast, but his role in the film is still unknown. Kassovirz and Paxton will now join the pretty impressive ensemble cast which includes Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas, Michael Angarano, and Michael Fassbender.
I love Dennis Quaid and he was great last time when he teamed up with Soderbergh on Traffic, but I really love me some Bill Paxton and it’s always great to see him on screen again. Knockout starts filming Monday in Dublin and the wait to see what Soderbergh has planned for this one shouldn’t be that long since the film is set to be released sometime later on this year.