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Gina Carano and Steven Soderbergh team up for KNOCKOUT

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Knockout, Steven Soderbergh‘s next film, has tapped Mixed Martial Arts’ circuit fighter Gina Carano to star in the spy thriller. Knockout casts Carano “as a girl from the wrong side of the tracks who is given a second chance to use her skills for constructive purposes. The film is a closer cousin to ‘La Femme Nikita’ and ‘Kill Bill’ than ‘Million Dollar Baby,’ in that it doesn’t take place in the fight ring”.  This is insanely exciting news. “Soderbergh considers [Knockout] as a flat out action film in the James Bond mold, [is scripted by Lem Dobbs] and will shoot in locations around the world that include Ireland, Turkey and the U.S.” I have been a fan of Carano’s for a long time, even before I saw her on Fight Girls on the Oxygen Channel or throw down in the Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight Fight between Gina Carano vs. Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos. The fact that she was 175 pounds before she started Mixed Martial Arts training was something I could not believe. Knockout sounds as though it might be similar to the television show Alias that made Jennifer Garner famous before it descended into Milo Giacomo Rambaldi nonsense. Everyone that has seen Carano knows she has the looks to be a movie star but does she have the onscreen talent? We will have to wait for the debut of Knockout to find out. 

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Source: Variety, Firstshowing

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  • She's going to make so much money with endorsements and movies she might never come back to fighting. I love watching her fight as she is one of the most skilled female MMA fighters around =)

  • That is for sure, once advertisers get a look at her.

    I like watching her fight as well. She is one of the reasons why I started watching MMA.

  • That is for sure, once advertisers get a look at her.

    I like watching her fight as well. She is one of the reasons why I started watching MMA.

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