Gina Carano Lands Role in Kickboxer Remake
Former MMA star Gina Carano has landed a role in the remake of the popular 1989 movie ‘Kickboxer’. The original movie starred Jean Claude Van Damme and was credited for launching his career in martial arts movies.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Carano is set to play the role of a fight promoter in the film.
Jean Claude Van Damme will also be in the remake as he takes on the role of Xian Chow. Former WWE star Dave Bautista has secured the role of the intimidating villain Tong Po.
The film does not yet have a firm release date, but is coming out in 2015.
Gina Carano walked away from MMA back in 2009 after compiling a record of 7-1. In her last fight, Carano took on Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino for the Strikeforce women’s featherweight title and lost via TKO at the very end of the first round.
Earlier this year, the UFC and Gina Carano were allegedly negotiating a possible return to the sport for the former face of women’s MMA.
UFC president Dana White also said that because of Carano being a pioneer in the sport, that he’d be willing to match-up Carano against current UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
The deal seemed to fall apart when it was revealed that Gina Carano’s movie obligations would prevent her from joining the UFC.
The recent movie role likely closes the door on any potential of Carano making an MMA comeback in the near future.