Conor McGregor to make acting debut in Jake Gyllenhaal-led Amazon Prime ‘Road House’ remake

Conor McGregor to make acting debut in Jake Gyllenhaal-led Amazon Prime 'Road House' remake

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UFC superstar Conor McGregor will make his acting debut in Amazon Prime movie ‘Road House,’ directed by Jake Gyllenhaal, according to a report.

McGregor, a two-time champion who rose to international fame during his time with the UFC, will join the cast of the 1989 action remake under director Doug Liman and producer Joel Silver, Deadline reported.

“Conor McGregor is very excited to expand his career in Hollywood and join Jake Gyllenhaal in this reimagining of a beloved classic ‘Road House,'” McGregor spokeswoman Karen Kessler said.

The spokesperson said McGregor still wanted to fight but was “eager” to join the film.

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Conor McGregor of Ireland prepares to fight Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 at T-Mobile Arena on July 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
(Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

“While fighting remains his priority, this is the start of another successful venture into the McGregor empire. He can’t wait to begin filming,” Kessler added.

McGregor’s exact role in the film has yet to be revealed, but he would portray an original character instead of playing himself.

McGregor is no stranger to stardom, as his larger-than-life personality and unassailable speech quickly made him a fan favorite in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

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The three-time retired fighter’s ability to promote events and stir up controversy made him a disruptor of the status quo and set him apart – in addition to his effective striking – from his competitors.

McGregor last fought in 2021 and has been headlining UFC events since 2015, when he won his first championship.

The ‘Road House’ remake reimagines the 1989 film that featured Patrick Swayze, Kelly Lynch, Sam Elliot, Ben Gazzara, Jeff Healey and Julie Michaels.

In the original, Swayze’s character took a job as a bouncer at a bar in Missouri. In the remake, Gyllenhaal will play a former UFC fighter who holds the same position at a bar in the Florida Keys.

“I’m thrilled to put my own spin on Road House’s beloved legacy. And I can’t wait to show audiences what Jake and I will do with this iconic role,” director Liman said, according to the point of sale.

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“The original Road House holds a special place in my heart and I’m so excited to bring this imagined new version to audiences around the world. Doug and I have each made big and loud action movies and are ready to bring everything we have to this one,” producer Silver said.

Conor McGregor, left, and Dustin Poirier in their lightweight bout at the UFC 264 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Conor McGregor, left, and Dustin Poirier in their lightweight bout at the UFC 264 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
(Thomas King/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Jennifer Salke, director of Amazon Studios, called the remake a “home run” and said it appropriately paid homage to the original while appealing to “a large, fun, broad audience”.

“Road House is a home run for us. Not only is it a nod to fans of the original, but it’s also a great, fun movie with a broad audience,” she said, reported Deadline. “We are thrilled to partner with Joel, Doug and this great cast led by Jake Gyllenhaal, as they come together to reimagine the classic MGM film as an action-packed adventure for our global audience.”

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There is no date announced for the film yet.

The cast of Amazon’s “Road House” includes Billy Magnussen, Daniela Melchior, Hannah Love Lanier, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Travis Van Winkle and Lukas Gage.

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