UFC megastar Conor McGregor is headed to the large screen.
McGregor, who last fought in 2021, will star alongside actor Jake Gyllenhaal in Amazon Prime’s remake of the 1989 motion film “Road House,” in accordance with Deadline.
The film marks the controversial fighter’s first movie credit. Based on the outlet, McGregor’s role was not disclosed but he’ll portray an original character within the film as an alternative of playing himself.
“Conor McGregor may be very excited to expand his storied profession to Hollywood and join with Jake Gyllenhaal on this reimagining of ‘Road House,’ a beloved classic,” McGregor’s spokesperson Karen J. Kessler said in a press release.
“While fighting stays his top focus, that is the start of one other successful enterprise within the McGregor empire. He’s desperate to start filming.”
McGregor teased his appearance Wednesday in a social media post. Amazon Studios will begin production within the Dominican Republic in late August and can release the film on Prime Video.
There isn’t any set release date.
In the unique “Road House,” Patrick Swayze starred as “Dalton,” a bouncer in a small town bar in Missouri. The reimagined version of the cult classic will feature Gyllenhaal in an identical role to Swayze’s as a former UFC fighter based within the Florida Keys.
McGregor’s spokesperson said the fighter is happy to “expand his profession to Hollywood” for the film.Getty Images for Chopard
Gyllenhaal will feature within the film as a former UFC fighter based within the Florida Keys.Getty Images
McGregor hasn’t stepped contained in the octagon since last July, when he suffered multiple stress fractures in his left leg during his loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264.
While he still intends to compete, the 34-year-old’s pursuit into the film industry is the most recent enterprise the Irishman took outside of the UFC.
The previous UFC champion previously entertained opportunities to look on the silver screen. In 2016, McGregor was rumored to look within the Vin Diesel-led film xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, but backed out of the project.
There isn’t any set release date for the 1989 motion film ‘Road House’ remake.Getty Images
In 2021, McGregor was the highest-paid athlete on this planet, earning roughly $208M — about $180M got here from endorsements, in accordance with Sportico. He sold the bulk stake in his Proper No. 12 whiskey brand for roughly $600 million, in accordance with ESPN.
He’s since dropped among the many world’s top-grossing athletes but stays the highest-paid UFC fighter, collecting an estimated $52M in 2022.