UFC fighter Ronda Rousey has landed her biggest movie role yet in a remake of the 1989 action movie Road House. The project is set up at MGM Studios and she will take on the lead role previously played by Patrick Swayze in the original movie. They are obviously switching things up.
Rousey has not only been on a rising star in the UFC fighting world, but she's also working her way up in the movie business as well. She's had a few little parts in films over the years, but this is her first real lead role.
The story follows a bouncer who is hired to clean up one of the rowdiest, loudest bars in Missouri, The Double Deuce, and protect the town from a corrupt businessman. This is a role that Rousey should easily slip into because there will be a good amount of ass-kicking. This film is a perfecting stepping stone for her to get bigger movie roles (maybe Captain Marvel?)
MGM is currently on the hunt for a screenwriter and director to take on the project, and they are looking to start production next year. According to Variety:
"Rousey thought the idea of starring in a remake was a great idea but wanted to be respectful when pursuing the project. Sources say Rousey recently reached out to Swayze’s widow, Lisa Niemi, to ask for her blessing to star in the remake, which insiders say Niemi gladly gave."
Some of the other upcoming projects that Rousey is going to be a part of includes her biopic My Fight/Your Fight. Then there's The Athena Project set up at Warner Bros., and Peter Berg's action film Mile 22. She's next set to fight Holly Holm on November 14th.