Gina Carano

“If you start following the female mma fighters, Gina pops out pretty noticeably. I thought it was a fascinating combination of appearance and activity… I’d been wanting to make a spy action film for a while, but hadn’t really determined what I was going to bring to it that would distinguish it from the traditional approach. Then I thought, ‘Why don’t I just build it around her? She can actually break people in half.’ I was interested in doing something ultra-realistic…My desire is for it to be a very realistic portrayal of somebody who gets hired, as these people do, by the government, to go and perform certain duties that it would be inappropriate to give to the military. That could be anything from a hostage-grab to surveillance to an actual killing…a combination of a Bond movie and Point Blank. more on the scale of From Russian With Love than, you know, Quantum Of Solace… Something where the characters and the story are as prominent as the action stuff.”

—Film director Steven Soderberg explaing to Empire why he chose Gina Carano for the lead role in his upcoming movie Knockout

Sounds like Gina definitely has her work cut out for her on this one.

Speaking of Gina, Fanhouse is reporting she will be appearing “semi-nude” in ESPN Magazine’s “Body Issue” which is set to hit newsstands on October 9. I don’t know about her acting, but I’m pretty sure she’s capable of pulling that off quite well.

Image via Esther Lin for Showtime. Knockout tip via ESPN.