We've covered it quite a bit lately, but my boy Dave Bautista is on a roll.
It's amazing to think that we're not only less than two years from him getting booed out of Pittburgh after winning the Royal Rumble, but that coming into his WWE return a few months earlier, a lot of newer and younger fans were asking "who is this guy? Is he a big deal?"
Now, he kind of is, after a heel turn made him a fan favorite just before he left the squared circle and a couple of prominent supporting roles in blockbusters raised his mainstream profile.
Is a turn as a villain in the remake of a beloved 80s action flick the right next step in his career?
Now that we have our first look at him playing Tong Po in the relaunch of a franchise that helped make Jean-Claude Van Damme a star, we can start to judge...
Meet Tong Po, @DaveBautista in #KickboxerVengeance pic.twitter.com/tWJbFib3Xl— Kickboxer Vengeance (@Kickboxermovie) November 2, 2015
Check out @DaveBautista as #TongPo in @Kickboxermovie pic.twitter.com/NBhTWLx3OL— Budomate Magazine (@budomate) November 2, 2015
For comparison's sake, here's Michael Quissi playing the fist-licking, concrete-kicking monster in the original:
Kickboxer: Vengeance stars French-Canadian stuntman Alain Moussi as the hero, Kurt Sloan, with Van Damme returning to play his mentor. Mixed martial artists Gina Carano and Georges St-Pierre (all names listed under Big Dave's on marketing materials). It's scheduled for release sometime in 2016.