Conor McGregor is set to star alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in a major new film – no, really.
The former UFC champion, who last won a fight in 2020, is making a slight career change as he makes his acting debut in a movie for Prime Video.
While Conor has previously starred in scripted advertisements, the star is now set to hit the big screen – well, streaming services – in a feature-length film.
As first reported by Deadline, the Dubliner clinched a role in a reboot of 80s action classic Road House, which is reportedly set to start filming in the Dominican Republic in September.
The original blockbuster starred Patrick Swayze, whose character will be played by actor Jake in the new take directed by Doug Liman.
According to the outlet, the new film follows a former UFC fighter (Jake) who starts work as a bouncer in a Florida bar and quickly begins noticing a deep corruption.
It’s not clear what role Conor will play in the remake, however a source has indicated he will star as a full character rather than playing himself.
The MMA fighter joins a previously confirmed cast which, along with Spider-Man star Jake, includes the likes of Billy Magnussen, Daniela Melchior, Gbemisola Ukumelo, Lukas Gage and Hannah Love Lanier.
Conor has not officially commented on his casting, however he did confirm his new role as he shared the news on his Twitter page, along with a winking emoji.
It’s been reported that Conor was approached by the film’s producer, Joel Silver – who worked on the original – about appearing in the film, at which point the athlete watched the classic movie for the first time.
After being impressed with the original Road House, Conor then reportedly had a meeting with Joel and, after being told more about the Prime Video version, agreed to take part.
New Road House director Doug previously said he was ‘thrilled’ to put his ‘own spin’ on the action movie, saying: ‘ I can’t wait to show audiences what Jake and I are going to do with this iconic role.’
Conor’s casting comes weeks after the Irishman laughed off yet another request from boxer Jake Paul for a fight, dismissing the American as a ‘nobody.’
The YouTuber-turned-boxer has long campaigned for a boxing match with Conor, whose only professional boxing bout came in 2017 when he lost to Floyd Mayweather.
He slammed Jake as a ‘flop’ and a ‘nobody’ after the boxer suggested a fight would happen between them at some stage.
Conor has not fought a match since suffering a broken leg in his defeat to Dustin Poirier in July 2021.
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