Following roles in the highly-anticipated action sequels Fast & Furious 7 and The Expendables 3, UFC women's champion Ronda Rousey has signed on to star in two projects for Warner Bros., Entourage and The Athena Project.
While details regarding her role in Entourage are not known, she will start shooting in mid-March, following her next title fight against Sarah McMann in Las Vegas on February 22. She joins a cast that includes original Entourage stars Adrian Grenier, Jeremy Piven, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Connolly and Kevin Dillon, along with Billy Bob Thornton, who joined the cast last month.
The story centers on Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) trying to get his new Dracula movie off the ground, with Billy Bob Thornton playing a Texas billionaire who agrees to put up the financing. Entourage series creator Doug Ellin is directing from his own screenplay.
As for The Athena Project, it isn't known when that project may start shooting, since Warner Bros. is still looking for a writer to adapt Brad Thor's novel. Sources claim that Ronda Rousey is a huge fan of the book, having been introduced to author Brad Thor over the phone while she was shooting The Expendables 3 in September.
During a meeting at Warner Bros., studio executives were so impressed with her, they asked what other projects she would like to work on. When she mentioned The Athena Project, the studio put a bid in to acquire the book's rights the next day. The story centers on an all-female team of Delta Force operatives known as The Athena Project, who are sent to kill a terrorist following a bombing in Rome. The plot thickens once they realize there is much more to the bombing. Insiders claim the project has franchise potential that could appeal to both men and women.