It appears that UFC woman’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is proving to be as big of a hit in the movie world as she is in the Octagon as she’s just landed two new major acting roles.
First up, Warner Bros have attached her to a role in New York Times best selling author Brad Thor’s movie, ‘Athena Project’ according to variety.com.
The movie, which could develop into a franchise, follows an all-female counter-terrorism unit attempting to hunt down a major terrorist in Rome, and is seen as the role that could take Rousey’s acting career to the next level.
Meanwhile, she’s also set to be one of the female stars in a big screen follow-up to the hit TV show,’Entourage’, offering another chance for her to be seen in a Hollywood picture that’s sure to attract a lot of attention.
Rousey is believed to have landed the two roles after impressing during his previous acting roles in both ‘The Expandables 3’ and ‘Fast & Furious 7’ which are both set to be released later this year.
First things first though, with the former Olympic Judo bronze medalist set to defend her UFC title again in just a couple of weeks against another decorated athlete, Sara McMann who holds a silver medal in Olympic Wrestling.
Rousey will then go on to film her role in ‘Entourage’ in Mid-March. ‘Athena Project’ doesn’t have a writer yet though, so the hope is that she may be able to fight again in 2014 before having to shoot that movie.
With all the attention that she’s getting outside of the Octagon there’s a real risk that Rousey might be drawn away from the sport that made her a star, just as Gina Carano was before her, but for the time being UFC President Dana White appears to be supportive of her acting career.
“Congrats Ronda!!! Couldn’t happen to a better person,” White wrote on Twitter after news of her latest movie roles emerged.