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Interestin’ News: Carano Cast In Soderbergh Spy Thriller

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Gina Carano, best known for being the “face” of the women’s mixed-martial arts sport that has absolutely blossomed over the past few years, will get to test her chops in another arena: acting.

Steven Soderbergh will direct Carano in “Knockout”, which is being written by Lem Dobbs (“Dark City”), and will be a James Bond type thriller with espionage and lots of action. Soderbergh, speaking to Empire, said:

“I’d been wanting to make a spy action film for a while, but hadn’t really determined what I was going to bring to it that would distinguish it from the traditional approach. Then I thought, ‘Why don’t I just build it around her? She can actually break people in half’. I was interested in doing something ultra-realistic.

“My desire is for it to be a very realistic portrayal of somebody who gets hired, as these people do, by the government, to go and perform certain duties that it would be inappropriate to give to the military. That could be anything from a hostage-grab to surveillance to an actual killing…”

The question remains if Carano can be as big of a hit on screen as she has been for her sport, and that is largely dependent on if she can actually act. While she has two film roles to her credit, a documentary called “Ring Girls” and a small role in “Blood and Bone”, this will be the first time she will be acting front and center.

Filming should begin in February, with a release date of 2010 or 2011.

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October 9, 2009 - Posted by | Interestin' News

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