Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in Amazon’s Road House Reboot

It’s official: Road House is getting remade with Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead role. On Tuesday, Amazon Studios announced that the long-gestating remake if finally moving forward with Gyllenhaal (Spider-Man: Far From Home, Ambulance) starring as Dalton, the role originally played by Patrick Swayze in the original movie. Other confirmed cast members include Billy Magnussen (No Time to Die), Daniela Melchior (The Suicide Squad), Gbemisola Ikumelo (A League of Their Own series), and Lukas Gage (Euphoria).

Per THR, the new Road House will be directed by Doug Liman (Chaos Walking) with a screenplay by Anthony Bagarozzi (The Nice Guys) and Charles Mondry. Joel Silver will produce via Silver Pictures with executive producers including JJ Hook, Alison Winter, and Aaron Auch. The outlet also reports that other cast members that will appear in the movie are Hannah Love Lanier, Travis Van Winkle, B.K. Cannon, Arturo Castro, Dominique Columbus, Beau Knapp, and Bob Menery.

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“Not only is it a nod to fans of the original, but it is also a big, fun, broad audience movie,” Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke says of the remake.

Liman added, “I’m thrilled to put my own spin on the beloved Road House legacy. And I can’t wait to show audiences what Jake and I are going to do with this iconic role.”

In the remake, which is heavily inspired by the original, Gyllenhaal’s Dalton is a former UFC fighter who takes a job as a bouncer at a Florida Keys roadhouse. The official logline teases that Dalton “soon discovers that not everything is what it seems in this tropical paradise.” In the original Road House, directed by Rowdy Herrington and written by David Lee Henry and Hilary Henkin, Swayze played a man with a mysterious past who moves from New York to Missouri to take over security at a small town club.

Jake Gyllenhaal Had Been Rumored for the Road House Reboot

Rumors had been swirling for years about a Road House remake. Last year, it was reported that Jake Gyllenhaal had been eyed for the lead role, but nothing was officially confirmed at the time. It wasn’t clear if the plan was for him to play a new incarnation of Dalton, Patrick Swayze’s character from the first movie, or if he would be introduced as a new character entirely. We now know that Gyllenhaal is playing Dalton, though their backstories are a bit different.

An official premiere date has not yet been announced for the new Road House, but the film will reportedly start filming in the Dominican Republic later this month. It will have a streaming release on Prime Video when it is released, heading straight to Amazon’s streaming platform when that time comes. More information is likely to be coming soon on the project.