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Gina Carano Scores Lead Role in Upcoming Steven Soderbergh Action Flick

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According to Variety, Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh (Oceans 11/12/13, Traffic, Erin Brockovich, Out of Sight) has cast MMA starlet Gina Carano in the lead role of his next film. Here’s what we’re dealing with:

Scripted by Lem Dobbs, “Knockout” casts Carano as a girl from the wrong side of the tracks who is given a second chance to use her skills for constructive purposes. The film is a closer cousin to “La Femme Nikita” and “Kill Bill” than “Million Dollar Baby,” in that it doesn’t take place in the fight ring. Rather, Soderbergh considers the film as a flat out action film in the James Bond mold, and will shoot in locations around the world that include Ireland, Turkey and the U.S. Soderbergh will surround Carano will name actors in supporting roles.

Knockout, which begins production in late January 2010, follows a very busy 2009 for Soderbergh, who released two movies this year: The Girlfriend Experience (which employed a similar bit of stunt-casting with porn-star Sasha Grey in the lead role as a high-end escort) and The Informant!, which comes out later this month.

Though Carano has previously appeared as "Crush" on American Gladiators and made a cameo in the low-budget action flick Blood and Bone, this will be her first role in a high-profile film production. Carano hasn’t yet revealed if she’ll be taking another fight in Strikeforce before the year’s end, so be warned — a long, Cung Le-esque layoff could be in Gina’s future.


  1. dresdin Says:

    Mon, 09/07/09 - 08:26

    so much for my hopes of her starring in " Fleshlight..the Movie." oh well guess i'll settle for this
  2. MyFightWiffaCheeto Says:

    Mon, 09/07/09 - 09:05

    OH HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAAHA!!! Oh Dresdin, I see what you did there... Moron. Well she fell off. I wonder if we'll ever see her in the cage again after the Cyborg demoralization? Also, anyone wonder if her casting couch sessions went like the way she climbed the ranks in her training? You know, the alleged sleeping around Master Toddy's gym? Women's MMA... Just like the WNBA.
  3. Komodo Says:

    Mon, 09/07/09 - 09:15

    She needs to get her ass back in the ring and knock some ladies out to get back on track. Get that belt.
  4. axhed Says:

    Mon, 09/07/09 - 10:18

    here's hoping mr skin has a lengthy blurb about this one.
  5. parchy mcthirst Says:

    Mon, 09/07/09 - 10:18

    i wish i had four hands so i could give it four thumbs down!
  6. ktfo Says:

    Mon, 09/07/09 - 12:22

    i wish that shirt was unzipped a little more.
  7. EDoggFunkMonk Says:

    Mon, 09/07/09 - 01:07

    Never bought into the Carano craze. Always felt like Elite XC (and now Strikeforce) was Kimboing me: Pushing a lesser fighter to the top of the card for non-mma reasons.
  8. Walrus Says:

    Mon, 09/07/09 - 02:04

    The Informant looks hilarious.
  9. Socal Tot Says:

    Mon, 09/07/09 - 02:14

    I'd love to see Gina get back in the ring an beat Cyborg- but this sounds like a great opportunity for her. Gina is going to kick some serious movie ass and unlike her last fight, Hollywood can make things go the way we want them to.
  10. Cock Chestner Says:

    Mon, 09/07/09 - 02:42

    so hot..
  11. Joedirt Says:

    Mon, 09/07/09 - 03:12

    She'll make more money acting. I would destroy her.
  12. M1-Grovel Says:

    Mon, 09/07/09 - 07:42

    man she chunks up easy. when she's retired she's gonna look like Kirsty Alley, but at least she'll have the acting chops to match
  13. Frank Mur Says:

    Tue, 09/08/09 - 03:58

    WOW, What a fat Pig! I'd bet if Cyborg tried to steal a ham off her plate she'd mount and throw elbows till death! WAR Big Girl!
  14. agentsmith Says:

    Tue, 09/08/09 - 05:29

    @ M1-Grovel: I was just thinking the same thing... you can literally see the fat potential written all over her, especially in those pics. Plus she's said in interviews that she was chunky before she started doing muay thai.
  15. Da Spied Her Says:

    Tue, 09/08/09 - 06:47

    Finally all those home movies she and I made are paying off! I just knew they would get someone's attention in Hollywood.
  16. G Funk Says:

    Tue, 09/08/09 - 08:36

    WTF is it with all you fags that think this is fat?!?!? What, you like skinny lil' boy bodies or something?
  17. agentsmith Says:

    Tue, 09/08/09 - 11:33

    I said she has fat POTENTIAL. As in it's obvious that if she'll start porking up quick the second she stops training/dieting.
  18. Horror Fighter Says:

    Tue, 09/08/09 - 07:28

    Gina missed a great acting opportunity here: hxxp:// A Nick show for tween girls works MMA into the plot. Does that indicate how mainstream the sport has become? Or is it a sign of apocalypse?
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