Conor McGregor is set to make his big screen debut when he stars alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in the upcoming remake of the 1989 Patrick Swayze film ‘Road House’
The original saw Swayze step into the shoes of bouncer James Dalton, who was hired to protect a Missouri bar. It received a mixed reception upon its release but has since gone on to become something of a cult classic.
In the remake, heading to Amazon Prime, Gyllenhaal will play an ex-UFC fighter who gets a job at a bar in the Florida Keys. Two-time UFC champion McGregor has an as of yet unspecified role in the film but it has been made clear that he will be playing an original character and not himself in the project.
A ‘Road House’ remake had been mooted back in 2015 with another UFC star, Ronda Rousey, expected to star. However, with this latest announcement it’s fair to say that project is now dead in the water.
"'Road House' is a homerun for us. Not only is it a nod to fans of the original, but it is also a big, fun, broad audience movie," said Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke, via Variety. "We are thrilled to collaborate with Joel [Silver, producer], Doug [Liman, director], and this great cast led by Jake Gyllenhaal, and for them to come together to reimagine the classic MGM film as an action-packed adventure for our global audience."
‘Notorious’ is expected to return to the Octagon soon having been out of action since a July 2021 defeat to Dustin Poirier. In June, UFC president Dana White said that he expected the Irishman to be back at the end of the year or early next year.
On a final note, to quote Family Guy’s Peter Griffin, “Rrrrrroadhouse.”