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Conor McGregor Lands First Acting Role Alongside Jake Gyllenhaal

Shola Lee

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Conor McGregor Lands First Acting Role Alongside Jake Gyllenhaal

Conor McGregor has landed his first major acting job alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in a remake of an 80s classic.

The film marks a new step in the UFC fighter's career and while the details of his character remain unknown, Jake takes on the role of a former UFC fighter turned bouncer in the new film - so we take it that Conor's fighting spirit will come in handy on set.

Amazon Studios announced the film on Twitter, saying: "Fight icon Conor McGregor expands his storied career into film to join Jake Gyllenhaal in the reimagining of the beloved classic, Road House."

Directed by Doug Liman the film will be an Amazon Original, released to 240 countries and territories on Prime Video.

Other cast members include Billy Magnussen from The Survivor and Daniela Melchior of The Suicide Squad.

The film is being written by Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry.

For those unfamiliar, Road House was released in 1989, with Rowdy Herrington in the director's chair.

Conor McGregor will star in the new Amazon film. Credit: AFF/Alamy Stock Photo
Conor McGregor will star in the new Amazon film. Credit: AFF/Alamy Stock Photo

It starred the late, great Patrick Swayze as James Dalton who works as a 'cooler' at a roadside dive bar in Missouri.

A 'cooler' is a type of bouncer/security lad whose job it is to cool down fights before they escalate.

Now, the remake sees Jake play the lead, again acting as a bouncer/cooler at a rough bar in the Florida Keys.

While little is known about the remake, Jake's character is a former UFC fighter, so it seems like Conor can give him more than a few pointers on how to get into the role.

Of course, people were thrilled for Conor, taking to Twitter to celebrate the Irish fighter's success.

One user said: "The Irish man just keeps on winning," while another added: "His mind can conceive it. His heart believes it. He will achieve it."

A third chimed in to say: "With jake? my fav actor & my fav fighter!! This gonna be fireeee."

Fire indeed, and given that Conor's favourite fight movie is Snatch, we're convinced Road House will be a pretty big blaze.

Back in 2015 Conor said that the Guy Ritchie classic is his all-time favourite fight film: "I think Snatch was a movie that hadn’t been seen before. It had that bare-knuckle feel y'know, it had that Irish feel, mixed with that England, gangland, underworld type thing."

Let's hope we can expect more of the same from the Road House remake.

Featured Image Credit: Doug Peters/Alamy Sydney Alford/Alamy

Topics: News, Celebrity, Conor McGregor

Shola Lee
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