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Ronda Rousey set for Road House remake

Ronda Rousey

Story by Jack Foley

UFC fighter and actress Ronda Rousey is to star in a remake of 1980s cult classic Road House.

She will step into the role made famous by the late Patrick Swayze.

Released in 1989, the original film starred Swayze as a bouncer hired to clean up one of the rowdiest, loudest bars in Missouri, The Double Deuce, only to find himself pitted against a corrupt businessman (played by Ben Gazzara).

MGM is behind the project and, according to sources quoted by Variety, is currently meeting with screenwriters with a view to commencing production in 2016.

The project would mark Rousey’s biggest acting role to date, following eye-catching supporting performances in Fast & Furious 7, Entourage and Expendables 3.

She has even sought out the blessing of Swayze’s widow, Lisa Niemi, to participate in the reboot as she is keen to be respectful to the memory of the original while pursuing the part.

The move follows MGM’s reboot of another classic, the Rocky spin-off Creed, which is due to hit cinemas this November.

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