Gina Carano To Star In Soderbergh’s Knockout

MMA fighters all seem to be clamoring for a shot at the silver screen as just on the heels of the news that former UFC light heavyweight champion, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, would likely star in the upcoming film remake of the 80’s TV series, “The A-Team”, women’s MMA superstar, Gina Carano, has signed on to be the lead in director Steven Soderbergh’s latest opus.

The film will be called “Knockout” and Carano will play “a girl from the wrong side of the tracks who is given a second chance to use her skills for constructive purposes” according to Variety.

Carano is no stranger to stepping out of the cage for various roles including her stint as “Crush” on the NBC series “American Gladiators.”

Now it looks like the face of women’s MMA will get the chance to measure acting chops against some of Hollywood’s best, and one of the industry’s top directors.

Soderbergh has been known to look outside of traditional Hollywood ties for his actors and actresses. His last effort called “The Girlfriend Experience” cast adult film star, Sasha Grey, in the lead role in her first mainstream acting effort.

The film is slated to start filming in late January which brings up the question of Carano’s fighting career, who lost her first professional fight in August, dropping by TKO to new 145lb women’s champion, Cris “Cyborg” Santos.

With the movie filming all over the world including Ireland and Turkey, the expectations for Carano to be out of action for the first part of 2010 is very likely, and no reports have surfaced leading to her return in 2009 either.