Ronda Rousey will be going toe-to-toe in a different kind of ring soon — the comedy ring. Universal Pictures announced an upcoming film pairing Rousey with seasoned comedy veteran Tina Fey. The movie, which was written by the recent Tina Fey/Amy Poehler comedy Sisters screenwriter Paula Pell, is titled Do Nothing B**ches, a phrase Rousey has become infamous for following a viral video rant.
Watch Ronda Rousey’s video rant below. Warning: Explicit language:
According to Entertainment Weekly, Fey will also produce the film with Pell, and executive producer Eric Gurian.
Ronda Rousey has slowly been making the transition from athlete to film star recently. Though most of Rousey’s previous and upcoming roles tend to revolve around her ability to perform action hero-level stunts, Ronda did give comedy a try with her appearance in last summer’s Entourage film.
Rousey previously had roles in Expendables 3 and Furious 7 and is set to star in a remake of Patrick Swayze’s Roadhouse in which Ronda will play the lead role.
According to Variety, the premise of Do Nothing B**ches revolves around a group of wealthy wives who attend a camp run by a no-nonsense instructor played by Rousey.
While fans were hoping to see Rowdy Ronda back in the ring in July in an effort to win her UFC championship belt back from Holly Holm, UFC President Dana White announced earlier in the week that Rousey’s previous commitment to filming Roadhouse would keep her out of the ring longer than anticipated. Some are speculating, however, that Rousey needed more time to recover from the damage she suffered in her loss to Holly Holm in November.
As previously reported by Inquisitr, Holly Holm’s punches and kicks caused such trauma to Ronda Rousey’s mouth that Ronda was told she wouldn’t even be able to eat an apple for six months. Many criticized Dana White for pushing Rousey into the ring faster than she would be able to properly recover. According to Sports Illustrated, White seems to have changed his tune regarding Ronda’s return to the ring, now stating Rousey can “have as much time off as she wants.”
While White hasn’t commented directly on Ronda’s venture into comedy, he continually sings her praises not only as a fighter, but as a person stating “Everything this woman does, she’s incredible. She’s an unbelievable athlete, personality, friend, partner, you name it. Ronda Rousey is amazing.”
Rousey will have her hands full on the silver screen with Tina Fey, an actress and writer who could very well be considered a comedic champion of sorts. Fey is the winner of eight Emmys, two Golden Globes, and is one of only five women to have received the coveted Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Fey’s paving of the way for female comedy writers could be compared to Ronda Rousey’s trendsetting athletic performance that opened the door for female fighters in the UFC.
Fey was the creator and star of the highly successful 30 Rock for NBC. Currently, Tina is the creator and producer of the Netflix comedy The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, a show which has received significant critical acclaim. But it is perhaps Fey’s inside knowledge of another show that will help Ronda Rousey hone in her humor skills.
Tina Fey’s career originated with Saturday Night Live, a sketch comedy show in which Ronda Rousey is scheduled to host January 23. If Rousey can survive the rigors of live television comedy, perhaps Ronda will prove that she can carry her own weight in a comedy battle of wits with the likes of Tina Fey.
[Ronda Rousey cover image via Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.]