Gina Carano, fresh off her first career loss to Cris “Cyborg” at an August 15 Strikeforce event, will star in the upcoming spy thriller “Knockout” before returning to the cage, Variety reports:
“”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. Rather, [director Steven] Soderbergh considers the film as a flat out action film in the James Bond mold, and will shoot in locations around the world that include Ireland, Turkey and the U.S.
Soderbergh will surround Carano will name actors in supporting roles.”
The announcement is the latest mainstream success for Carano, who is known as the “Face of Women’s MMA,” having previously appeared on the remake of American Gladiators on NBC and ranking #16 on Maxim’s Hot 100 list.
Soderbergh is an Academy Award-winning director whose films include Traffic and Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen.
Production for the film is slated to begin in January, sidelining Carano until mid-2010 at the earliest.