Photo: MMA's Gina Carano Goes Hollywood in Steven Soderbergh's "Haywire" (VIDEO)
The MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) eye-catcher Gina Carano is taking the leap to the big screen in her Hollywood debut, Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire. And for a first movie, she’s under some pretty crazy pressure to deliver an amazing performance against some Hollywood heavyweights.
The movie tells the story of Mallory Kane, “a freelance covert operative” who is “hired out by her handler to various global entities to perform jobs which governments can’t authorize and heads of state would rather not know about.”
The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) goes on:
After a mission to rescue a hostage in Barcelona, Mallory is quickly dispatched on another mission to Dublin. When the operation goes awry and Mallory finds she has been double crossed, she needs to use all of her skills, tricks and abilities to escape an international manhunt, make it back to the United States, protect her family, and exact revenge on those that have betrayed her.
Carano is the movie’s lead, but she’s accompanied by stars like Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas, Michael Fassbender, and Bill Paxton.
The fighter with the movie star good looks in Muy Thai champion and was once ranked No. 3 in the world in the MMA 145-poinf weight class.
Though some say Carano put her MMA career on hold to work with Soderbergh, the 29-year-old has not fought a match since 2009 after getting beat (badly) by Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos.
If Carano can prove herself in Haywire, she may be looking at a permanent career change. She has reportedly already been cast in the remake of the Bruce Lee film “The Silent Flute.”
Haywire had a reported budget of $25 million, and is scheduled to be released in January 2012.
Photo Credits: Gina Carano (left) just before her fight against Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos (right