UFC star Conor McGregor joins cast of 'Road House' remake

It's been nearly seven years since news broke that Ronda Rousey would star in a remake of the 1989 cult classic "Road House."

At the time, Rousey was the UFC's women's bantamweight champion and one of the biggest sports stars in the world. She had three acting roles under her belt – "The Expendables 3," "Furious 7" and "Entourage" – and appeared to be on the cusp of crossover stardom from sports to Hollywood. Rousey was going to play a female version of the character played by Patrick Swayze in the original film, but somewhere along the line it appears her attachment to the picture died on the vine. The movie as a whole, however, did not..

McGregor spokeswoman Karen Kessler released a statement to MMA Junkie that confirmed the crossover star's involvement.

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"Conor McGregor is very excited to expand his storied career to Hollywood and join with Jake Gyllenhaal in this reimagining of 'Road House,' a beloved classic," Kessler stated. "While fighting remains his top focus, this is the beginning of another successful venture in the McGregor empire. He is eager to get started filming."

Deadline's report said McGregor will not star as himself in the movie directed by Doug Liman, whose credits include standout action films like "The Bourne Identity" with Matt Damon, "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and "Edge of Tomorrow" and "American Made" with Tom Cruise.

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