Conor McGregor stars with Jake Gyllenhaal in ‘Road House’ reboot – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: In what would be his first acting job in a major studio movie, two-time UFC champion Conor McGregor will join Jake Gyllenhaal in Prime Video’s reimagining of the classic ’80s action shot. Away home. He joins a cast that already includes Billy Magnussen, Daniela Melchior, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Lukas Gage, Hannah Love Lanier, Travis Van Winkle, BK Cannon, Arturo Castro, Dominique Columbus, Beau Knapp and Bob Menery.

Doug Liman directs from a script written by Anthony Bagarozzi & Charles Mondry. Joel Silver produces for his company, Silver Pictures. JJ Hook, Alison Winter and Aaron Auch will serve as executive producers.

The new version follows a former UFC fighter (Gyllenhaal) who takes a job as a bouncer at a gritty roadhouse in the Florida Keys, but soon discovers that not all is as it seems in this tropical paradise. While the exact details behind who McGregor will play are unknown, sources made it clear that he would be playing an original character and not himself in the project. The Amazon Original Movie goes into production this month in the Dominican Republic and will be streamed in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide upon release on Prime Video.

Hollywood has been trying to do business with the UFC superstar for a while, but McGregor didn’t want to jump into anything and wanted the project he debuted in to be the right fit. Insiders say when he got wind there was interest for him to join away home, he saw the film for the first time and, having enjoyed the original, it was a meeting to see how he would play a part in the new film. Sources add that after meeting Silver, McGregor was all in and loved the idea of ​​where the new story was headed compared to the original.

The film’s cast would already be getting a lot of attention, but the addition of McGregor only helps that, given the global reach he has enjoyed over the years as headlining major UFC PPV events, and those fans are expected to be on this one too. will agree.

While McGregor has made dozens of commercials for his various business ventures, road house will be his first foray into feature films. He is represented by WME, Patrick Knapp from GGSS&C and Audie Attar from Paradigm Sports Management.

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