The trailer has just gone viral for mixed martial arts fighter Gina Carano’s new movie “Haywire.” The trailer shows a pretty and pretty aggressive Carano taking on several fights with her male costars.
This past week, both Carano and Academy Award winning director Steven Soderbergh sat on a panel at the San Diego Comic Con convention to discuss the upcoming movie. Soderbergh, who won an Academy Award in 2000 for “Traffic,” saw Carano in a televised MMA fight and decided to base an action movie on her. “I’ve never seen someone like her fight – in a cage,” Soderbergh has said about the fighter, who is also a successful model, reported USA Today.
According to Carano, Soderbergh told her at a meeting that he wanted “to make this realistic thriller action movie with a female lead,” and he wanted to base it around the MMA star, reported Fox.
Carano went undefeated in MMA until 2009, when she lost to Christiane “Cyborg” Santos and has not been in a fight since. But, Carano does not plan on giving up fighting for good. USA Today reports that the 29-year-old’s “first love is fighting,” and she plans to be back in the ring after “Haywire” is released this January.
In “Haywire,” Carano plays special operative and former Marine who is framed for a murder she didn’t commit. She stars alongside Michael Douglas, Bill Paxton, Ewan MacGregor, Antonio Banderas and Channing Tatum.
From what the trailer has shown so far, Soderbergh utilizes Carano’s athletic ability to enhance the grittiness of the fight scenes, making them seem more realistic because Carano is reportedly taking and giving punches herself instead of using a stunt double.
USA Today has called her the “female Jason Statham” and Fox News has already crowned her the “newest female action star.”