Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey's next movie role is a big one: She's taking on a big part in the remake of the 1980s cult classic Road House.

But even more surprising is the specific part the MMA fighter will play: Rousey is set to assume the lead role played by the late Patrick Swayze in the original film.

Swayze played a bouncer who defended a small town from the schemes of a corrupt businessman. The basic plot will presumably be the same, albeit with a female lead and some updates to the original.

According to MMA Fighting, Rousey contacted Swayze's widow, Lisa Nieme, for her approval before she accepted the part. A screenplay is yet to be written for the film, which remains in the early stages of development.

Rousey has already made appearances in three movies: The Expendables 3, Fast & Furious 7 and Entourage. But none of those roles is on the scale of her leading part in Road House.

Rousey does, however, have other movies in the works that offer more significant parts: she is filming the upcoming Mile 22 with Mark Wahlberg, and she has agreed to star in the as-yet-untitled biopic of her own life, which is an adaptation of her own memoir.

Rousey's agent, Brand Slater, said the movie will not interfere with Rousey's UFC career.

"Production of the movie will be dictated, as always, by her fight schedule," Slater said. "That's how we always do it and that will be the case here."

Rousey has already said she plans to retire from professional fighting within three years. As her movie career heats up, her post-MMA path appears quite clear -- and brightly lit.

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