Former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor is looking to add another wrinkle to his ever-growing stardom.
Having gone from boyhood boxer and plumber’s apprentice to global superstar and mixed martial arts champion, there’s not much McGregor hasn’t accomplished in his illustrious career.
But one major industry he has yet to break into is film. Following today’s announcement, that should change.
On Twitter, Amazon Studios announced that the “Notorious” Irishman has been cast in a lead role alongside acclaimed actor Jake Gyllenhaal, well known for his roles in the Spider Man franchise, Source codeand Two days later.
McGregor and Gyllenhaal will co-star in a modern remake of the 1980s classic, Relayfilming set to begin later this month.
“Fighting legend Conor McGregor joins the cast of new film ‘Road House’ alongside Jake Gyllenhaal.”
For those who haven’t seen the 1989 release, the synopsis reads, “A legendary bouncer comes to restore order at a notorious bar but runs into a ruthless crime boss who controls the city.” The stage is set for an action-packed showdown.
Seems fitting for McGregor’s cinematic debut…
Another adventure in “The McGregor Empire”
With his next acting venture, McGregor will join a long list of MMA fighters who have made it to the big screen, including Georges St-Pierre, who appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Michael Bisping, who landed a role in XXX: The Return of Xander Cageamong others.
While it will add McGregor’s name to that list, the move will also add acting to a long tally of business and professional escapades that included pub buying, whiskey creation, a clothing line and, well, sure, an extremely successful tenure inside the Octagon.
Shortly after his plunge into the choppy waters was confirmed, a statement was released. via McGregor spokeswoman Karen Kesslerduring which she expressed her excitement about this new opportunity, but reiterated that the fight remains her sole focus.
“Conor McGregor is thrilled to expand his career in Hollywood and join Jake Gyllenhaal in this reimagining of a beloved classic ‘Road House,'” the statement read. “While fighting remains his primary focus, this is the start of another successful venture into the McGregor empire. He can’t wait to begin filming.
McGregor has had less success in the cage in recent years, losing back-to-back contests to Dustin Poirier in 2021, the second of which left him sidelined with a broken leg. Given the latest reports suggest he could be out until early 2023, it’s no surprise to see McGregor expand his toolbox further during his ongoing layoff.
How do you think Conor McGregor will fare in his major acting debut?