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Conor McGregor 'steals the show' in violent first trailer for Road House

Conor McGregor 'steals the show' in violent first trailer for Road House

The MMA fighter is part of the cast of the Road House remake

The trailer for the Road House remake has dropped and fans have got their first look at MMA fighter Conor McGregor in the movie.

Road House is remaking the 1989 movie with Jake Gyllenhaal in the leading role, but McGregor also has a part to play.

Watch the trailer:

If you've seen the original starring Patrick Swayze then you'll know the premise, and if not then it's about a tough guy protecting a bar from some nefarious characters.

The trailer for the remake seems to be following pretty much the same story beats, though in the new Road House Jake Gyllenhaal's leading character is a former UFC fighter who heads to Florida instead of Swayze's mysterious Missouri-bound man.

This time around it looks like the part of the villain is being played by McGregor, who can be seen in the trailer smashing things up and headbutting Gyllenhaal.

Fans were delighted to see him, with one writing: "Best MMA Actor in a movie. No one does is this big like The Mac."

Another wrote the back-handed compliment: "He's not even acting, it's him."

Conor McGregor looks like he's enjoying being the bad guy in Road House.
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The idea of a Road House remake has been swirling around for over a decade, with development starting in 2013.

At one point Ronda Rousey was attached in the leading role, but the movie was put on hold until 2021 when Gyllenhaal was cast as the lead and The Bourne Identity director Doug Liman joined production.

The movie is an acting debut for McGregor, whose part largely appears to involve hitting people and being an angry villain.

Reaction to the trailer has been pretty good, though there were a few who said the original Road House was the only version of the movie you were ever going to need.

One fan said they thought McGregor would 'steal the spotlight' based of what they'd seen of him in the trailer.

"I think I could take Gyllenhaal, personally," commented someone who almost certainly couldn't.

If there's going to be fighting in your movie you might as well cast people who've done a bit of it.
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Someone else said the movie 'looks like it's gonna be f**kin awesome tbh', and another joked that it 'looks so s**t that it'll be good'.

A smattering of others said they wished the movie would have a release in cinemas, with one saying they wanted to 'get blazed with the squad then go and see this'.

Yeah, sorry for those who were thinking about heading to the cinema and munching on a tub of popcorn for this one.

Director Doug Liman doesn't appear to be too happy about this, as he penned a guest column for Deadline where he wrote that he wouldn't be attending the film's premiere at the SXSW film festival in protest at Road House not being in cinemas.

He wrote that the film was 'fantastic' and 'maybe my best', while saying test screenings had really positive reactions, and accused Amazon of 'using Road House to sell plumbing fixtures'.

Road House (2024) will be available to stream on Prime Video from 21 March.

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Topics: TV and Film, Conor McGregor