Mixed martial-arts fighter Ronda Rousey has already proven herself a dominant force in the ring, and now she appears to have her sights set on the screen, too.
The current UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion will reportedly star in a remake of the 1989 action film Road House, playing a female version of Patrick Swayze’s character in the original film.
Rousey’s involvement with the film was initially reported by Variety, and the fighter later confirmed the news on Twitter.
— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) September 9, 2015
“It is a great honor to play a part in celebrating the life of a man that inspired so many,” wrote Rousey. “I couldn’t be more grateful to have this opportunity to pay respect to the beloved Patrick Swayze … I promise to work incessantly to make sure this project is a tribute his family and fans can be proud of.”
The original film was directed by Rowdy Herrington and cast Swayze as a bouncer hired to turn a rowdy bar in Missouri into a more respectable establishment. Along the way, he runs afoul of a local businessman played by Ben Gazzara while also developing a romantic relationship with a doctor played by Kelly Lynch. Sam Elliott played a supporting role in the film as a mentor and friend of Swayze’s character.
While the original film didn’t perform well in theaters and was largely panned by critics, it eventually caught on in the home-video market and developed a cult following in later years. A straight-to-video sequel was released in 2006.
Production on the Road House remake with Rousey is expected to begin next year, and the studio is currently seeking a screenwriter for the project.
As for Rousey, the champion fighter has gradually made a career for herself on the big screen with recent roles in The Expendables 3 and Furious 7, as well as a cameo (playing herself) in the Entourage movie released earlier this year. She’ll also play herself in a big-screen adaptation of her autobiography, My Fight/Your Fight.
There’s currently no release date set for the Road House remake.