Just a couple days after releasing a photo that nearly brought the internet down, it has been reveled that UFC fighter and “Dancing With The Stars” finalist Paige VanZant will star in her first feature film, joining the cast of “Kickboxer: Retaliation.” The news was originally released by Deadline Hollywood.
The movie is the latest installment of the “Kickboxer” franchise, which began with the 1989 release of the cult classic starring Jean-Claude Van Damme.
According to Deadline Hollywood, “VanZant will play Gamon, a 26-year-old with high-level fighting and shooting skills with some strong criminal connections too. The role was specifically written for VanZant after producers saw her on the ABC dancing competition show this season. ‘Paige is the up-and-coming darling of the UFC and her star quality shines through on camera,’ producer Rob Hickman of Our House Films said in a statement. ‘She’s a tremendous asset to the film both as an onscreen talent and as a trainer fighter.'”
VanZant wraps her season of Dancing With The Stars as a finalist in Monday night’s competition on ABC in the United States.