Rousey lands two new movie roles
February 7, 2014
Variety reports that Ronda Rousey has landed two movie roles. Both proposed roles will give Rousey the opportunity to get high profile visibility and will challenge her focus on MMA.
Rousey will be given a role in the upcoming “Entourage” movie which is based on the HBO series on the life and times of movie star Vinnie Chase and his friends and agent. The other role is the recently-acquired, “The Athena Project.” The movie, which still needs to be written for the screen, is based on a New York Times bestseller which will feature Rousey as one of the female leads.
The announcement will not impact her upcoming February 22nd matchup with Sara McMann and it’s not known how this will impact Rousey’s future UFC fights. You may recall that Rousey shot 2 movies while training for her fight with Miesha Tate at UFC 168.
We should have all expected this since Rousey signed up with William Morris last year. While she will be in “The Fast & the Furious” and “Expendables” franchises, the announcement of her roles in the “Entourage” movie and “The Athena Project” should give her more visibility to audiences. First, “Entourage” has a cult following and many have followed the show and await the movie. Although lesser known, “The Athena Project” could give Rousey a movie franchise where she can star in multiple movies. What does this mean for her MMA career? We shall see. Certainly going back and forth from movies to training to fighting will take a toll on her mentally and physically. But for her career post-Octagon, Rousey should have a nice future in entertainment.
As for the UFC, this should be a concern considering she is one of the top draws for the company. It will be hard for Dana White to keep her away from the movies.