Road House reboot casts Ronda Rousey

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Dana White: Ronda Rousey could beat a man but it should never happen.

Ronda Rousey confirmed Wednesday that she will star in a reboot of the cult 1989 film Road House, assuming the lead role previously filled by Patrick Swayze. “It is a great honor to play a part in celebrating the life of a man that inspired so many.

Ronda Rousey’s utter destruction of every opponent she’s faced during her career has opened up a strange conversation about how the best women’s fighter on the planet would fare against men.In a role reversal, UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will take the reigns in a remake of the classic Patrick Swayze movie “Road House.” Rousey will take lead role in the movie that Swayze made famous in 1989. I couldn’t be more grateful to have this opportunity to pay respect to the beloved Patrick Swayze,” Rousey tweeted along with a link to Variety’s story on the reboot. “I promise to work incessantly to make sure this project is a tribute his friends and family can be proud of.” The original action film starred Swayze as a professional “cooler” at the Double Deuce, a saloon in a small town gripped by an evil businessman.

The battle of the sexes in athletics has been an argument that’s raged for years, but there’s never been a combat-sports athlete like Rousey, who somehow gets caught up in the debate about how she would match up with male fighters. Although critically gutted upon release, Road House gained a cult following for its throat-ripping ultraviolence, bizarre plot and tough-talking dialogue. There have been dozens of questions aimed at Rousey about a hypothetical fight against pound-for-pound boxing king Floyd Mayweather and while she always gives her opinion on the matter, most seem to agree that it should never and will never actually happen. But with Jurassic World dominating the global box office and Star Wars threatening to compete come Christmas, there’s no end to this craze in sight.

According to Variety, Rousey was initially intrigued by the idea of a Road House reboot but first sought to gain the blessing of Swayze’s widow Lisa Niemi, who gave the UFC star her approval. UFC boss Dana White has been guilty of theorizing about the mythical fight as well, and while telling Colin Cowherd on FS1’s “The Herd” Wednesday (watch clip above) that Rousey would “rag-doll” Mayweather, even he’s starting to pump the brakes on the entire idea of men fighting women — even in hypothetical situations. Acting is nothing new to Rousey, who has already filmed roles in “The Expendables 3,” “Furious 7,” and “Entourage.” This will, however, be her biggest role to date.

With Rousey and the Swayze estate on board, producers are now in the process of hiring writers to pen the reboot’s script, with production set to begin in 2016. Aside from acting, Rousey still has a championship to defend, which she will against Holly Holm on Nov. 14 at the UFC 193 mega-event at Ethiad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

The undefeated fighter also has three more film projects in the pipeline catered specifically to her: Her 8 Mile-esque biopic My Fight / Your Fight, The Athena Project and the Mark Wahlberg-starring Mile 22. The fighter’s popularity has skyrocketed in the last year with an astonishing 16-second win, a no-holds-barred approach to red carpet interviews, and a viral feminist speech that was quickly adopted by none other than Beyoncé all leading Hollywood to hope they might have another Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on their hands. However, only the latter has scheduled a filming start date, with cameras set to role in February 2016, three months after Rousey’s UFC fight versus Holly Holm. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings. And though Rousey has popped up briefly in a few films including The Expendables 3, Furious 7, and Entourage, all of those appearances were essentially fight scenes and there’s no proof, yet, that the abundant charisma Rousey exudes in interviews will translate on the big screen.

Mad Max will roar back out of the apocalypse while Mad Men rides off into the sunset, rock’s Antichrist Superstar and hip-hop’s Yeezus will rise again. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush appeared on the first episode of Late Show With Stephen Colbert to go face-to-face with a man who spent a decade turning faux-Conservatism into an art form.

Over the course of their discussion, Bush and Stephen Colbert talked about the “game of Bloodsport” known as politics, gun control, Donald Trump and Barack Obama. “I’m going to say something that’s heretic, I guess: I don’t think Barack Obama has bad motives. I just think he’s wrong on a lot of issues,” Bush said, paying the president the thinnest of compliments. “If you start with the premise that people have good motives, you can find common ground.” Bush then admits that he hopes to “restore a degree of civility” in Washington, noting that politics on the local level isn’t nearly as contemptuous. The winner of Colbert’s contest wanted Bush to discuss his plans for gun control legislation, even though the Republican Party has staunchly supported Second Amendment rights despite the “almost-weekly deadly consequences” in this country. Bush used Florida, where he served as governor, as an example of smart gun control, since a background check and a 72-hour waiting period were required for all weapon purchases. “Florida would be considered a Second Amendment, pro-gun state, but gun violence is way down,” Bush said. When you add Emilia Clarke’s tough-as-nails Sarah Connor in Terminator: Genysis and the ladies rocking Paul Fieg’s the Ghostbusters reboot, we officially have a trend.

As for the NRA’s efforts to prevent mandatory mental health checks, Bush recommends that the issue be dealt with on a state-by-state, and not national, level. “New York’s a lot different than rural Florida, so why would you want to impose national gun laws on top of every circumstance in this country?” Bush asked. Ronda Rousey’s Road House won’t start filming until 2016, in the meantime you can either bust out that old VHS copy of the Swayze original, take a gamble on the straight-to-video 2006 sequel, Road House 2: Last Call, or start dreaming of Rousey sporting a Swayze mullet.

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