While talks between the UFC and Gina Carano appear to have stalled out, the former Strikeforce champion’s acting career has not.
Earlier this year, UFC president Dana White had been optimistic that it was only a matter of time before the MMA juggernaut was able to put pen to paper with Carano and bring her in to fight current bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. Negotiations have since gone sideways.
“(Carano) is the hardest human being we've ever dealt with,” White said in late September. “The problem is she allows herself to be handled by these Hollywood (expletive) idiots. In dealing with her people, I don't know if it can be done.”
Thus far, it hasn’t been done. And if news about her acting career is any indication, it doesn’t appear the MMA is anywhere in the near future for Carano.
Radar Films on Monday announced that Carano was the latest actor to join the cast of the company’s “Kickboxer” remake that also includes action star Jean-Claude Van Damme, WWE Superstar Dave Bautista, and former UFC welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre.
Carano is said to be taking up the role as the “Kickboxer fight promoter in a gender-bender twist from the original.”
“It will be fun to watch Gina as the sneaky and dangerous temptress, a boa constrictor of this fighting jungle,” said the film’s producer, Tim Field.
“Kickboxer” went into production last week, shooting on location in New Orleans and Thailand.