Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, better known by his nom de guerre The Mountain, is among the stars in the upcoming martial arts film ‘Kickboxer: Retaliation’. The movie boasts of a star studded cast including Jean-Claude Van Damme, ageing boxer Mike Tyson and former Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldinho (for some reason), who plays Ronaldo.
The movie is a sequel to the unknown 2016 movie ‘Kickboxer: Vengeance’, which was a sequel to the 1989 film ‘Kickboxer’, all starring Van Damme, who is best know for his roles in critically acclaimed movies such as Street Fighter, Universal Soldier and Universal Soldier: The Return.
In the movie Hafþór stars as Mongkut, described as a “beast of a man”, who Kurt, the protagonist, has to fight in order to be allowed to leave Thailand.
Potentially this means that the movie is a contemplative, yet hard hitting Kafkaesque critique on the world’s immigration and refugee systems, and the difficulty of obtaining travel visas.
‘Kickboxer: Retaliation’ is set to be released later this month.