Soderbergh plans martial arts spy thriller
Steven Soderbergh seems to be continuing his desire to cast real life people in acting roles. First we saw the porn star of Sash Grey as a high class call girl in The Girlfriend Experience (Filmstalker review), and now we're seeing a real life martial arts fighter in the role of a martial arts fighter in a very interesting thriller.
Knockout will be a action/spy thriller that will follow in a similar vein to the Bond films but with a female martial artist in the lead, Gina Carano, and with Steven Soderbergh behind it, it's bound to be a good film.
Lem Dobbs has written the script for the film Knockout which will tell the story of a girl who is making all the wrong decisions in life given a big second chance, the chance to get out of a rut and use her fighting skills for some good. Now if you're like me you're already thinking an upmarket xXx, after all the story sounds just like it.
Then the Variety article through The Playlist goes on to say that Gina Carano, the real life lightweight Muay Thai trained fighter with a seven to one record, is set to take the lead and play the role of the woman turned action-spy.
Carano, apart from being a damned sexy woman and showing a promising career in fighting, has already been in a documentary about fighting, a reality series about fighting, and American Gladiators. She's also about to appear in her first dramatic film in Michael Jai White's Blood and Bone. So she's not as much of a newcomer as Sasha Grey was, although you could argue she had lots more acting practice in her previous career.
Steven Soderbergh is directing the film, a man who on a bad day can still produce something different, boundary pushing, and talk-worthy, and when he's making more mainstream films he can pump out the enjoyable thrillers time and time again. Then there's Dobbs, who wrote Dark City, and that's definitely worth a consideration.
I'm rather keen on seeing where this film goes, it has all the hallmarks of developing a strong script and a powerful film with a leading lady who's not only very powerful herself, but looks like a leading lady on screen too.