Ronda Rousey, UFC fighter and actress, will be starring in MGM’s reboot of the 1980s cult classic Road House. Rousey will be taking over Patrick Swayze’s famous, obviously originally male, lead role.
Exciting news for those of us campaigning for more women to be cast in lead roles, including reboots where the original role was written for a man.
Besides, no one will ever be able to do what Swayze did in Road House. So, personally, I’m excited to see Rousey, respectfully, make it her own. And I definitely don’t envy Rousey’s position… I mean, seriously, if they muck up this reboot, they’ll never hear the end of it. #patrickswayzeloyalist
According to Variety, “sources say MGM is currently meeting with screenwriters, with production set to begin in 2016.”
The original film was released in 1989, starring Swayze as a bouncer who is hired to clean up one of the rowdiest bars in Missouri called The Double Deuce. Swayze’s character is then forced to stay and protect the town from a corrupt businessman.
Rousey was excited about starring in a remake but wanted to be respectful about taking on the project. According to Variety, “sources say Rousey recently reached out to Swayze’s widow, Lisa Niemi, to ask for her blessing, which Niemi gladly gave.”
Rousey has previously stated that she wants to play Miss Marvel in a film someday. Maybe this new Road House reboot will catapult her in that direction.
MGM is on a roll with reboots; their Rocky spinoff, Creed, will be released into theaters in November.
Rousey has appeared in The Expendables 3, Furious 7, and the Entourage movie.