UFC superstar Conor McGregor is heading to the big screen.
McGregor, who last fought in 2021, will star alongside actor Jake Gyllenhaal in Amazon Prime’s 1989. in the remake of the action movie Road House. according to the deadline.
The film marks the controversial fighter’s first film credit. According to the publication, McGregor’s role has not been revealed, but he will play an original character in the film rather than playing himself.
“Conor McGregor is thrilled to expand his Hollywood history and reimagine the beloved classic ‘Road House’ with Jake Gyllenhaal,” said McGregor’s representative, Karen J. Kessler. the report said.
“While fighting remains his main focus, this is the start of another successful venture in the McGregor empire.” He can’t wait to start filming.
McGregor teased his appearance Wednesday on the social network. Amazon Studios will begin production in the Dominican Republic in late August and release the film on Prime Video.
There is no set release date.
In the original Road House, Patrick Swayze played The Dalton, a small-town bar in Missouri. In the reimagined version of the cult classic, Gyllenhaal will play a role similar to Swayze’s as a former UFC fighter based in the Florida Keys.
McGregor has not stepped inside the Octagon since last July when he suffered multiple fractures in his left leg in a UFC 264 loss to Dustin Poirier.
Although he still intends to compete, the 34-year-old’s foray into the film industry is the Irishman’s latest venture outside of the UFC.
The former UFC champion has previously relished opportunities to appear on the silver screen. in 2016 McGregor was rumored to appear in the Vin Diesel-led xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, but withdrew from the project.
in 2021 McGregor was the highest-paid athlete in the world, earning an estimated $208 million. USD – about 180 million USD received from endorsements, According to Sportico. According to ESPN, he sold most of his Proper No. 12″ shares of the whiskey brand for approximately 600 million.
Since then he has been among the world’s highest-paid athletes but remains the UFC’s highest-paid fighter in 2022. having collected 52 million