UFC star Conor McGregor will make his first foray into function movies with a job within the remake of “Highway Home,” McGregor’s spokesperson Karen J. Kessler confirmed with ESPN.
Jake Gyllenhaal will star within the film, which is a brand new tackle the traditional 1980s cult hit, which starred Patrick Swayze. Amazon Prime Video is the film studio. Deadline was first to report the information Wednesday of McGregor’s involvement.
“Conor McGregor may be very excited to develop his storied profession to Hollywood and be part of with Jake Gyllenhaal on this reimagining of ‘Highway Home,’ a beloved traditional,” Kessler stated in an announcement. “Whereas combating stays his prime focus, that is the start of one other profitable enterprise within the McGregor empire. He’s desirous to get began filming.”
McGregor, 34, remains to be recovering from a fractured leg he sustained in a July 2021 struggle in opposition to Dustin Poirier. He has not fought since then. However the Irish former UFC double champion has nonetheless been busy outdoors the Octagon. McGregor and his crew bought the vast majority of his Correct Twelve whiskey model to Jose Cuervo in April 2021 in a deal value upwards of $600 million. Final yr, McGregor was ranked the world’s highest paid athlete by Forbes.
In accordance with Deadline, Gyllenhaal will star as the principle character in “Highway Home,” as a former UFC fighter who turns into a bouncer in a Florida Keys bar. McGregor’s position is at the moment unknown, however Deadline reported that he can be taking part in an unique character and never himself. The film will go into manufacturing this month in Dominican Republic and can stream on Prime Video at a date to be decided, per Deadline.
McGregor is the UFC’s hottest fighter ever, headlining a few of the greatest moneymaking pay-per-views in UFC historical past. He was the first-ever fighter to carry two titles in two totally different UFC divisions concurrently and crossed over into boxing in opposition to Floyd Mayweather in 2017, the second greatest pay-per-view of all time. McGregor has been on a skid these days, with only one win since 2016.