Report: Carano to Star in Steven Soderbergh-Directed “Knockout”


Gina Carano. Photo by Esther Lin/ProElite.

Female MMA star Gina Carano has reportedly been tapped for the lead role in a film titled “Knockout”, a Steven Soderbergh-directed movie that will likely begin production this coming January.

The news comes from Variety.com, which states that the film will center around Carano, who will play a “girl from the wrong side of the tracks who is given a second chance to use her skills for constructive purposes.” Carano also has a part in Sony Pictures’ “Blood and Bone”, which will be released on DVD next week.

Carano joins former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and former two-time UFC heavyweight king Tim Sylvia as fighters that have reportedly signed on for mainstream movie deals this past week.

Widely considered as the biggest star in the women’s side of mixed martial arts, Carano suffered her first professional loss on August 15, falling to Chute Boxe product Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos in a bid for Strikeforce’s first-ever 145 lb women’s title.

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