After taking on big action roles in last year's The Expendables 3 and this summer's blockbuster hit Furious 7, Ronda Rousey is ready for her most challenging role to date, herself! Following her Saturday Night UFC win in Brazil, where she knocked out Bethe Correia in 34 seconds, the actress has officially signed on to star in her own biopic. It will actually be the second time the fighter-turned-actress has played herself, though this summer's Entourage presented a more heightened version of the icon.
Paramount Pictures will distribute the drama, based on Ronda Rousey's New York Times bestselling autobiography My Fight/Your Fight. Mark Bomback, best known as a franchise writer who has contributed to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, The Wolverine and Live Free or Die Hard, will adapt the book for the screen. He will also executive produce the movie alongside procures Ronda Rousey and Mary Parent. Parent had this to say about the project.
"It's a real honor to be a part of bringing Ronda's incredible story to the bigscreen."
My Fight/Your Fight was actually written by both Ronda Rousey and her sister Burns Ortiz. The book is described as an inspirational story that celebrates the UFC fighter's accomplishments. It also explores her extraordinary challenges on the woman's path to glory. Regan Arts published the book this past spring to rave reviews.
My Fight/Your Fight does not yet have a set start date. Mark Bomback has only just begun to adapt the book. Ronda Rousey is set for at least one more fight before the end of the year. In January, she will begin shooting Mile 22 for director Peter Berg. Having an actor star in their own biopic is rare, but she is one of the few athletes who have made a welcome transition to the big screen. Along with her book and a number of TV appearance, she is a true renaissance woman who has continues to expend her brand with a number of endorsement deals.
Ronda Rousey made it known that she wanted to star in My Fight/Your Fight as soon at the rights went up for grabs. Paramount executives are said to be highly impressed with her ability to balance a film career while staying in shape enough to also remain a champion in her other field. She does not discuss other business while training for fights, and with her latest win behind her, she now feels she can move on and help Mark Bomback shape the movie she wants to make. Ronda Rousey also has the Warner Bros. action thriller The Athena Project on her impending slate.