UFC fighter Ronda Rousey has been given the lead role in MGM’s remake of the 1980s cult classic, Road House, reports Variety. Rousey will play the same role as Patrick Swayze in the iconic movie, which is set to begin production in 2016.
According to sources close to the project, MGM is currently searching for screenwriters, and the role is being written specifically for Ronda, according to Variety. The remake of Road House follows the renewal of another cult classic, Creed, which is a spinoff of Rocky.
Before agreeing to star in the remake, Variety reports that Rousey first reached out to Swayze’s widow, Lisa Niemi, to get her blessing. Ronda then eagerly embraced the idea. Rousey has also appeared in Furious 7, the Entourage movie, and The Expendables 3.
A remake of the classic film won’t be the first starring role for Ronda, although it will be her largest, according to Variety. Four other roles have been developed specifically for Rousey, including My Fight/Your Fight, developed at Paramount, The Athena Project, produced at Warner Bros, and Mile 22. Ronda will begin production on Mile 22 in February, after her fight against Holly Holm on November 14.
Hollywood isn’t the only thing calling Ronda’s name. Beyonce recently used her inspiring “do nothing b***h” speech in a performance, reports Entertainment Tonight, and Rousey was floored a superstar like Beyonce knew her at all.
In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Tonight, Rousey expressed her shock. “To be honest, it’s a honor to have a real powerhouse of a woman like Beyonce just recognize my existence,” Ronda confessed, adding:
“It’s surreal how something I thought was a pre-fight rant in my hotel room that would end up scrapped on some editor’s floor has taken off to the point a cultural icon like Beyonce is playing it between songs at her concert.”
Ronda gushed further by explaining “Such a huge compliment, I couldn’t be more grateful.” Ronda, who has been under fire recently for her “masculine” body, called out haters in what is now known as her “do nothing b***h” speech.
To people who say her “body looks masculine” Ronda shot back “[j]ust because my body was developed for a purpose other than f*****g millionaires, doesn’t mean it’s masculine,” in a rant caught on film and shared over social media. Rousey added, “I think it’s femininely badass as f**k, because there’s not a single muscle on my body that isn’t for a purpose, because I’m not a ‘do nothing b***h.'”
The remake of Road House starring Ronda Rousey is set to begin production in 2016.
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