Gina Carano is pretty hot stuff, and after a brief stint on TV throwing overweight secretaries and grandmas around as a fake Gladiator and small roles in direct-to-DVD action movies, she’s now ready for her Hollywood close-up. The MMA fighter will make her feature film debut as a leading lady in Steven Soderbergh’s spy action thriller “Knockout”, which is being described as a cross between a James Bond movie and Luc Besson’s “La Femme Nikita”.
Word is, this will be a straightforward action movie by Soderbergh, who has such a good feel about “Knockout’s” box office potential that he’s waved his upfront fee to direct, and will instead take a share in the film, which means if it makes money, he’ll make money. And if it doesn’t, well, there’s always a sequel to “The Girlfriend Experience”, tentatively titled “The Shotgun Wedding Experience”. I hear the script is simply terrifying to men everywhere.
According to Variety, “Knockout” will star Muay Thai babe Carano as a girl with martial arts skills from the wrong side of the tracks. She is given a second chance to use her ability to punch people in the face and kick them in the ribs for more “constructive purposes” as a spy. And like James Bond’s 500 films, “Knockout” will move beyond the U.S. borders, with locations in Ireland and Turkey.
The plan is to surround the novice actress with a stable of known names who will, one presumes, help her to find her mark and all that other acting stuff. Soderbergh will direct the film from a script by Lem Dobbs, whose previous credits include the Alex Proyas sci-fi actioner “Dark City” and the action drama “The Limey”, which was also directed by Steven Soderbergh.
Relativity Media will produce the film, with shooting scheduled for January 2010.