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After Her Haywire Breakthrough, Gina Carano Wins Another Action Role

After her very well-received turn in Steven Soderbergh‘s action flick Haywire, Gina Carano has scored her first follow-up! And it will give yet another opportunity to show off her stunning martial arts stuntwork. Carano is set to take the lead role in the action thriller, In the Blood, which will be directed by John Stockwell (Blue Crush, Into the Blue). No information yet on whose ass she will be kicking in this one.

A retired MMA fighter with a nearly undefeated record (that one defeat comes with a drug-related asterisk on the part of her opponent), Carano proved herself capable of taking people down both in the ring and onscreen. Her fight scene with Michael Fassbender had a lot of people talking about Carano being on par with Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan. Not only that, but critics including Roger Ebert said that as an actress, she held her own with such high-profile players as Fassbender, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas, Ewan McGregor, and Michael Douglas.

Well, she has, indeed, earned the trust of the industry. Carano will play a lead role in In the Blood, about a woman whose husband disappears while they are on vacation. Believing he’s been killed, she goes after the people she thinks are responsible in a “passionate and reckless” pursuit. And according to Stockwell, speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, the disappearance of her beloved is not the only thing she’ll contend with:

“This role will showcase not only Gina’s fighting skills, but also her acting abilities as her character struggles to reign in her violent past.”

It’s official: Hollywood trusts Gina Carano to carry a movie with her bona fide stuntwork and her acting, and they are ready to help to make her a star.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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  • Anonymous

    Somewhat surprised given Harywire’s performance at the box office, but glad nonetheless.  Given her build, I’d expect to see her in a military type role where she’s a soldier, either on a battlefield or returning from a battlefield.

  • [dave]

    So I saw Haywire the other day.  Two of the four people in our party with chortling with laughter at some of the dramatic scenes … (I’m not spoilering anything at all when I say one is of Carraro murdering the already dead line “You better run,” and I mean murdering in the bad way).

    BUT with that said, I thought her not-supposed-to-be-intense acting chops were fine.  And she is so amazingly kickass in the fight scenes that I was mostly cool with the movie in general.  However, Banderas, Douglas & McGregor were across the board one note or boring in this movie, very disappointingly so.  And I have longtime crushes on both Banderas and McGregor, so it pains me to say it.

    Plus it fails the Bechdel test.  And has a lot of plot soup in the last third.  It was much like Salt (w/ A Jolie).  I’d kind of love to have a movie with Carraro and Jolie where they BOTH are secret agent killers.  And talk to each other.  About plot.

  • Life Lessons

    YAY! I want more Gina!

  • Anonymous

    Wonder Woman please! She’s pretty much the one to do it.

  • Allison Cole

    I haven’t seen Haywire, but I always say the Bechdel test isn’t everything. I think that it’s an important litmus test for equal gender representation in media, but it doesn’t guarantee that a film is good, or even that it is particularly feminist. Nonetheless, I see the point you’re trying to make.