UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has just been tearing through (and sometimes came close to tearing limbs off of) her competition in the mixed martial arts world. And with a couple of supporting role acting gigs under her belt already, she’s looking to do the same with Hollywood. One of her first stops? A Road House as Variety is reporting that MGM have tapped Rousey to star in a remake of the cult classic 1989 actioner.
The original Road House starred the late Patrick Swayze as Dalton, a professional “cooler” aka highly skilled bouncer who is hired from his swanky New York job to work security at a startup nightclub in a small town in Missouri. Dalton runs afoul of Wesley, a corrupt local businessman who has the town in an iron grip, when he doesn’t come around to Wesley’s illegal way of doing things. Cue Patrick Swayze turning into a badass and proving to the world that he can swing his limbs for more than just dancing, as he punches, kicks and rips out the motherf–king goddamn throats! of all the cronies sent against him. Oh and he also finds the time to get it on with the local doc played by Kelly Lynch, and sing songs on the soundtrack.
While I wouldn’t hold out hopes of Ronda Rousey suddenly developing some musical talent, there’s no denying that she is a bona fide real life badass who will certainly be able to sell the action of this new take. Just what that new take will be is unknown at this point, but Rousey reportedly wants to be very respectful of the original and even made sure to get the blessing from Swayze’s widow, Lisa Niemi, before pushing forward with the role. Hopefully this ends up looking better than the current remake of that other Swayze classic Point Break.
After supporting roles in The Expendables 3, Furious 7 and Entourage, this would mark the fourth project being developed specifically for Rousey to star in. Also on the cards is the long-in-development Athena Project, the Peter Berg direction action pic Mile 22 (which co-stars Mark Wahlberg) and her upcoming biopic My Fight/Your Fight. Yes, she’s starring in her own biopic. She’s Ronda Rousey. People probably let her do stuff like that for fear of getting their arms ripped out of their sockets.
Mile 22 is scheduled to start production in Feb 2016 after Rousey’s next title defense in the ring against Holly Holm, and this film will probably follow on after that as MGM are now meeting with screenwriters and have earmarked a 2016 pr0duction start date. There’s no word on any directors being approached though (useless fact: the original Road House was directed by Rowdy Herrington, whose first name is of course Rousey’s in-ring nickname).
So what do you think? Can Rousey pull it off or should they just have left this one alone?
Last Updated: September 10, 2015