UNITED STATES: Conor McGregor, the UFC’s biggest star, is heading to the big screen. According to multiple sources, Conor McGregor will co-star in Amazon Prime’s remake of the 1989 action film “Road House” with Jake Gyllenhaal.
The film marks Conor McGregor’s feature film debut. Conor McGregor’s role in the film has not been revealed, but he will play an original character rather than himself.
“Conor McGregor is very excited to bring his storied career to Hollywood and collaborate with Jake Gyllenhaal on this reimagining of ‘Road House,’ a beloved classic,” McGregor’s spokesperson Karen J. Kessler said in a statement. “While fighting is still his primary focus, this is the start of another successful venture in the McGregor empire.” He is eager to begin filming.”
McGregor hinted about his appearance in a social media post on Wednesday. Amazon Studios will begin filming in the Dominican Republic in late August, and the film will be released on Prime Video. There is no set a date for release.
Patrick Swayze played “Dalton,” a bouncer in a small-town bar in Missouri, in the original “Road House.” Gyllenhaal will play a former UFC fighter based in the Florida Keys in the reimagined version of the cult classic, similar to Swayze.
McGregor hasn’t fought since suffering multiple stress fractures in his left leg during his loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 last July. While he still intends to compete, the 34-year-old Irishman’s foray into the film industry is his latest venture outside the UFC.
The former UFC champion has previously expressed interest in appearing on film. McGregor was rumoured to appear in the Vin Diesel-led film xXx: The Return of Xander Cage in 2016, but he dropped out.
In 2021, Conor McGregor was the highest-paid athlete in the world, earning approximately $208 million, of which roughly $180 million came from endorsements. For around $600 million, he sold the majority stake in his Proper No. 12 whiskey brand. He’s since fallen out of the top-earning athletes in the world, but he’s still the highest-paid UFC fighter, with an estimated $52 million in 2022.