McGregor, Fassbender, & Douglas Join Soderbergh's Knockout

January 7, 2010
Source: The Playlist

Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Michael Douglas

We've known for awhile now that Steven Soderbergh's next film would be the action packed spy flick Knockout starring MMA fighter and all-around hottie Gina Carano. But now we have word of even more casting. Over at Movieline, they got word Michael Fassbender (Fish Tank, Inglourious Basterds) would be joining the cast, but it wasn't until he spoke with ComingSoon that he revealed he would "play this MI6 operative that meets up with the lead character." In addition The Playlist discovered Ewan McGregor, Dennis Quaid and Michael Douglas will be rounding out a cast as well, that is shaping up rather nicely.

Originally the film was about 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, but The Playlist reveals that the story is much more of a revenge story where Mallory Kane (Carano), a black ops super soldier, is double crossed by someone on her own team and must uncover who set her up to take the fall for a job gone wrong, leaving blood on her hands. Carano's character is actually now the complete opposite of a girl from "the wrong side of the tracks" as she is now from a solid background and was raised around military honor and academia.

The new cast members surrounding Carano will all be a part of her special forces team. Douglas will play a government figure akin to Chris Cooper or Brian Cox's characters in the Bourne series. Fassbender and another unnamed actor play members of her commando spy unit and McGregor will be playing a man who runs a Blackwater-type private military company that Carano's character is employed at. No word on Quaid, but it's safe to assume his character will be bland and wooden, much like all of his characters (that's right, I don't like him, big whoop, wanna fight about it?) One thing's for sure: whoever is responsible for betraying Carano is going to have their ass handed to them on a silver platter. We'll keep you updated on the progress.

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interesting casting.....Dennis Quaid does have it moments....he is really lucky to have gone from a has been to a semi has been in the last decade

monal on Jan 7, 2010


Ha ha, looking forward to this!

Gina Carano on Jan 7, 2010


Sounds good.

Cody on Jan 7, 2010


Don't forget Fassbender played the HOT Azazeal on the Brit series, HEX!!

tati on Jan 8, 2010


Sounds JUST LIKE Mission Impossible. He was the lead agent for the mission when it all went wrong and everyone died and he was framed with blood on his hands...

Williams on Feb 8, 2010


Actually, Quaid has had a few good roles. One of them was in Soderbergh's TRAFFIC (the other was in Todd Haynes' FAR FROM HEAVEN), so it looks like he and Soderbergh are hoping that lightning will strike twice.

Corran Horn on Feb 9, 2010

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