Ronda Rousey Cast in ‘Road House’ Reboot
Already a hugely successful UFC fighter, Ronda Rousey is also intent on cementing herself a spot in the entertainment world, as she's just landed herself a major film role.
According to Rolling Stone, Rousey has officially been cast in the lead role (formerly played by Patrick Swayze) in the 1989 cult classic Road House.
She tweeted a link to a story from Variety that confirms the role along with the following caption: "It is a great honor to play a part in celebrating the life of a man that inspired so many. 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 friends and family can be proud of.”
Variety reports that Rousey took interest in starring in the film, but waited to get permission from Swazye’s widow before accepting the role.
Rousey already has acting experience under her belt. She had a role in 2014’s The Expendables 3 and appeared in Furious 7 and Entourage. She also has The Athena Project and Mile 22 currently in the works, the latter of which is set to star Mark Wahlberg.
Paramount Pictures, meanwhile, has reportedly secured the rights to Rousey's New York Times bestselling autobiography, My Fight / Your Fight. And while there's no word yet as to when production will begin on the movie, Rousey is slated to play herself in the feature film. Mark Bomback is currently adapting the book.