Two-time UFC champion Conor McGregor will join Jake Gyllenhaal in a new reimagining of the 80s action classic Roadhouse.
According to Deadline, the role will be his first acting job in a major studio film.
He will join the cast, which already includes Billy Magnussen, Daniela Melchior, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Lucas Gage, Hannah Love Lanier, Travis Van Winkle, B.K. Cannon, Arturo Castro, Dominic Columbus, Beau Knapp, and Bob Menery.
Doug Liman is directing the film from a script by Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry. Joel Silver is producing for his company Silver Pictures. JJ Hook, Alison Winter, and Aaron Auch will serve as executive producers.
The new film follows a former UFC fighter (Gyllenhaal) who takes a job as a bar bouncer in the Florida Keys but soon discovers that not everything is as it seems in this tropical paradise. While the exact details of who McGregor will play are unknown, sources have made it clear that he will play an original character in the project, not himself. The Amazon Original Movie will go into production in the Dominican Republic this month and, upon release, will be streamed on Prime Video in over 240 countries and territories worldwide.
Hollywood has been trying to patch things up with the UFC superstar for some time now, but McGregor didn't want to jump into something and wanted the project he's debuting to be the right one.
Insiders say that when he found out about being cast in Road House, he saw the film for the first time and, having enjoyed the original, was ready to meet to see what role he would play in the new movie. The sources add that after meeting Silver, McGregor was in complete agreement and liked the idea of how the new story would play out compared to the original.
The film's cast was already going to attract a lot of viewers, but the addition of McGregor will only help that, given his global reach over the years headlining major UFC PPV events, fans are expected to watch this film as well.
McGregor has directed dozens of commercials for his various business ventures, but Roadhouse will be his first feature film outing. He is represented by WME, Patrick Knapp of GGSS&C, and Audi Attar of Paradigm Sports Management.
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