Soderbergh and MMA Actress Set to 'Knockout' Audiences
by Ethan Anderton
September 6, 2009
Steven Soderbergh's latest film The Informant! just premiered at the Venice Film Festival a few days ago and will open in wide release starting on September 18th, but the writer/director is already busy on his next project. Variety reports Soderbergh will next direct the spy thriller Knockout which will also see the feature film debut of Gina Carano (seen above), a mixed martial arts circuit fighter. The story (which is said to be a flat out action movie in James Bond fashion) follows a tough girl from the wrong side of the tracks who takes the opportunity to use a special set of skills in a more focused, constructive environment.
Soderbergh discovered Carano on the MMA circuit, taking note of action-star toughness and her ravishing good looks. But Soderbergh knows that a pretty unknown face leading an action thriller can only go so far, and he intends to surround the newcomer with plenty of name actors in supporting roles. The script was written by Lem Dobbs (who previously wrote The Limey and Kafka for Soderbergh)y. Cameras are set to roll in January, with filming locations in the US, Turkey and Ireland. I'll be very interested to see who Soderbergh gets to support this rookie actress, and pray that she doesn't fight any of them. Sound good?