Amazon Studios has officially welcomed former UFC champion Conor McGregor to its forthcoming remake of the 1989 action film Road House. This marks McGregor’s acting debut as he joins lead star Jake Gyllenhaal. According to Deadline, the Irish MMA fighter will not be playing a fictional version of himself but is set to portray an original character.

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The Road House remake will be directed by The Bourne Identity filmmaker Doug Liman from a screenplay written by Anthony Bagarozzi and Charles Mondry. Production is expected to begin this month in the Dominican Republic.

“The new take follows a former UFC fighter who takes a job as a bouncer at a rough-and-tumble roadhouse in the Florida Keys, but soon discovers that not everything is what it seems in this tropical paradise,” reads the synopsis.

Joining Gyllenhaal and McGregor are The Suicide Squad breakout Daniela Melchior, Billy Magnussen (Game Night), Gbemisola Ikumelo (The Last Tree), Lukas Gage (The White Lotus), Hannah Love Lanier (A Black Lady Sketch Show), Travis Van Winkle (Accepted), B.K. Cannon (Switched at Birth), Arturo Castro (Broad City), Dominique Columbus (Ray Donovan), Beau Knapp (Southpaw), and Bob Menery.

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The Road House remake will be executive produced by JJ Hook, Alison Winter, and Aaron Auch, with Joel Silver producing for Silver Pictures.

The original film was directed by Rowdy Herrington. It starred Patrick Swayze as he portrayed the role of a bouncer named Dalton, who has been hired to clean up one of the rowdiest, loudest bars in Missouri: The Double Deuce. The late actor was also joined by Kelly Lynch, Sam Elliott, and Ben Gazzara.

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