UFC crossover megastar Ronda Rousey is expanding her exposure like no other MMA fighter has before, and now that includes a role in a remake of a huge cult classic from the 1980s.
News has arrived today that Rousey will star in a reboot of the Patrick Swayze original ‘Roadhouse,’ which showcased the unfortunately deceased actor as a martial arts expert brought in to an especially rowdy Missouri town, according to a report given to MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani by Rousey’s manager Brad Slater.
The role will apparently be a new twist on the original story with Rousey in the lead role. ‘Rowdy’ has quickly taken over Hollywood with her roles in prominent films like ‘The Expendables 3,’ ‘Entourage,’ and the upcoming ‘Athena Project,’ and she has two more films in line for the near future with Mark Wahlberg’s ‘Mile 22’ and the biopic picture based on her autobiography ‘My Fight/Your Fight.’
Slater confirmed that Rousey asked Swayze’s widow Lisa Nieme for her approval to appear in the role and she was granted it.
A script has yet to be comprised for the film, which is owned by media giant MGM. Despite her seemingly exploding acting schedule, Slater confirmed that the champ’s filming would be tailored around her fight schedule:
“Production of the movie will be dictated, as always, by her fight schedule,” Slater said. “That’s how we always do it and that will be the case here.”
That schedule will soon lead Rousey into a bout with undefeated former boxing champion Holly Holm in the main event of November 14’s UFC 193 pay-per-view (PPV) event from Melbourne Australia’s Etihad Stadium, the UFC’s first major event of its kind where Rousey is expected to break the promotion’s all-time attendance record with upwards of 75,000 fans.
It’s a record that suddenly seems like a foregone conclusion for Rousey to break as her popularity has absolutely shot through the moon after her devastating 34-second knockout over Bethe Correia in the main event of August 1’s UFC 190 from Brazil.
Never one to shy away from paparazzi in her home city of Los Angeles, ‘Rowdy’ has also been in the news a ton for her highly-publicized feud with Floyd Mayweather, whom Dana White thinks Rousey would ‘ragdoll and do whatever she wanted with.’
And now she’ll take her dominant skills into a ‘Rowdy’ environment of a different kind when she reprises the lead role in the ‘Roadhouse’ remake.