Ronda Rousey Set to Lead New Remake of ‘Road House’

By September 9, 2015
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The 1980s gave us some of the best and some of the worst action movies of all time, but there’s no denying the amount of fun that can come from looking back and remembering the movies that made us laugh and astounded us with some of their over-the-top, ridiculous action. When you’re looking for a movie like that too, you don’t have to go much further than the Patrick Swayze-led film, Road House.

The movie followed Swayze as a character named Dalton, a cooler for bars as he backs up and manages the bouncers. After taking a job in a road house that has gotten too rough for its own good, he attempts to clean up the bar and is put into conflict with Brad Wesley – the town’s local bully and rich kid. Little does the town know just how much Dalton can do, and as a man with a mysterious and a dangerous set of skills, they don’t know who they’re fighting.

The movie was ridiculous and awesome, and included a scene in which Dalton literally ripped a guy’s throat out with his bare hands, and while rumors of a possible sequel or reboot have surfaced a few times over the past few years, I don’t necessarily think many people actually thought it would happen. Well, I guess we thought wrong because Variety is reporting that UFC fighter and actress Ronda Rousey is reportedly expected to step in for the reboot as a female version of Swayze’s character.

While nothing is really known about the reboot, or its plot, the report also states that Rousey was so careful about taking on the reboot that she called Swayze’s widow, Lisa Niemi, in order to gain permission to do the film, something Niemi apparently gave wholeheartedly. The studio is reportedly looking at screenwriters for the project now, with production set to begin in 2016.

This marks yet another big role to add to Rousey’s growing filmography, after her recent appearances in movies like The Expendables 3, Furious 7, Entourage, and more – it looks like Rousey is doing her absolute best to capitalize on her success and popularity right now. While nothing she has done has left a big mark necessarily, this role might be the perfect fit for her and even though it’s doubtful that anyone will be able to bring the charm and edge to Dalton that Swayze did – Rousey’s take on the similar role will hopefully be able to provide a new and fresh twist on the usual action hero stereotype.

The Road House remake is currently in development.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable