Conor McGregor to make film acting debut in Road House remake 4 months ago

Conor McGregor to make film acting debut in Road House remake

Jake Gyllenhaal is set to star in the retelling of the Patrick Swayze classic.

Irish UFC star Conor McGregor is set to make his film acting debut in the Amazon Studios remake of Road House.

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Deadline announced the casting of the two-time UFC champion on Wednesday (3 August).

It's understood that McGregor will be playing an original character in the film, and not as himself.

Originally released in 1989, Road House starred Patrick Swayze as the cool, mysterious protagonist protecting a small rural town from an evil businessman.

Jake Gyllenhaal will headline the updated version, and he's being joined by a creative team with an excellent track record to assist in making the film.

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The movie will be directed by Doug Liman (Edge Of Tomorrow, Mr. & Mrs. Smith), produced by Joel Silver (The Matrix, Die Hard) and written by Anthony Bagarozzi (The Nice Guys).

Gyllenhaal and McGregor will be joined on screen by Billy Magnussen (No Time to Die), Daniela Melchior (The Suicide Squad), Gbemisola Ikumelo (A League of Their Own), Lukas Gage (The White Lotus), Hannah Love Lanier (A Black Lady Sketch Show) and Travis Van Winkle (You).

The movie is set to be filmed in the Dominican Republic later this month, with the official plot synopsis for the remake as follows:

"A former UFC fighter (Gyllenhaal) who takes a job as a bouncer at a rough-and-tumble roadhouse in the Florida Keys soon discovers that not everything is what it seems in this tropical paradise."

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On the project, Jennifer Salke, the head of Amazon Studios, had the following to say:

"Road House is a homerun for us. Not only is it a nod to fans of the original, but it is also a big, fun, broad audience movie. We are thrilled to collaborate with Joel, Doug, and this great cast led by Jake Gyllenhaal, and for them to come together to reimagine the classic MGM film as an action-packed adventure for our global audience."