Conor McGregor (CHRISTIAN BRUNA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

UFC superstar Conor McGregor will make
his acting debut in Amazon Prime Video’s reimagined take on the 1980s
classic Road House starring Patrick Swayze.

Justin Kroll of Deadline reported
Wednesday that McGregor will join a cast led by Jake Gyllenhaal, who’s set to play a former UFC fighter now working as a bouncer. The
34-year-old Irishman is slated for an original character role and
won’t portray himself in the film.

His spokesperson provided a statement
to MMA journalist Ariel Helwani:

Ariel Helwani @arielhelwani

Conor McGregor will make his motion picture acting debut along Jake Gyllenhaal in the 80’s classic “Road House” remake, it was announced today. Filming starts within the month. He will have a leading role.

Here’s a statement from his spokesperson @KarenKesslerPR:

McGregor turned down previous offers
from Hollywood to take part in movies but expressed interest in the Road House project after
watching the original, per Kroll.

Filming will begin in the Dominican
Republic this month. An expected release date hasn’t been set.

Kroll noted other members of the cast
include Billy Magnussen, Daniela Melchior, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Lukas
Gage, Hannah Love Lanier, Travis Van Winkle, B.K. Cannon, Arturo
Castro, Dominique Columbus, Beau Knapp and Bob Menery.

“I’m thrilled to put my own spin
on the beloved Road House legacy,” director Doug Liman told CNN’s
Marianne Garvey on Tuesday. “And I can’t wait to show audiences
what Jake and I are going to do with this iconic role.”

In the 1989 film, Swayze played the
role of a head bouncer working at a small-town Missouri bar. It
generated $30 million in revenue, per Box Office Mojo.

McGregor last entered the Octagon
in July 2021 and suffered a gruesome leg injury during a loss to
Dustin Poirier.

In May, the former UFC featherweight
and lightweight champion told Sky Sports he was training toward
a return on multiple fronts.

“Boxing is my first love in combat
sports. I had such a great time the last time I was out there,” McGregor said. “Obviously, my return will be in the Octagon for
UFC—that story is far from over, in fact it’s just being written,
it is just the beginning. But, boxing, for sure I will grace the
squared circle again in the future.”

He made his boxing debut in August
2017, suffering a 10th-round knockout loss to Floyd
Mayweather Jr.

Meanwhile, his UFC results have faded
in recent years. After going 9-1 over his first 10 fights for the promotion, he’s
dropped three of his past four bouts.

His mainstream popularity has endured
despite the dip in performance, and it should help the new version of
Road House attract attention ahead of its eventual release.

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