MMA fighter Ronda Rousey joins Expendables 3

Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey

Mixed martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey has joined the cast of 'The Expendables 3', franchise star and producer Sylvester Stallone confirms.

Sylvester Stallone has cast mixed martial arts fighter Ronda Rousey in 'The Expendables 3'.

The veteran actor-and-producer has added the female grappler - who is the reigning UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion - to the cast of the action franchise, along with fellow MMA fighter Victor Ortiz.

Announcing the news on his Twitter page, Stallone wrote: "Ronda Rousey will show championship form in Expendables 3! So will multi hampion Victor Ortiz! (sic)"

The movie will mark the 26-year-old judo expert's acting debut, following in the footsteps of fellow MMA star-turned-actress, Gina Carano.

Carano made her name in the cage-fighting circuit before landing the lead role in Steven Soderbergh's 'Haywire', which was a critical hit in 2012. She also starred alongside Vin Diesel and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson earlier this year in summer blockbuster, 'Fast & Furious 6'.

Rousey will fit right into the rough-and-tumble cast as she boasts an impressive undefeated streak in MMA; the feisty blonde has won all seven of her big fights with a deadly arm-breaker submission maneuver.

Meanwhile, 'Twilight' actor Kellan Lutz is reportedly being considered for a role in the flick, also, which would add some youth to the line-up of ageing action legends including Stallone, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris and Dolph Lundgren.

'The Expendables 3' is due to hit cinemas in 2014.

The Expendables 3

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 126 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Patrick Hughes
  • Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas
  • UK release: 14 August 2014

Mercenary Barney Ross (Stallone) goes up against colleague-gone-rogue Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), a ruthless arms dealer. The action is fine, and the interplay between the somewhat ageing stars remains the film's biggest asset, but a lazy script, watered-down violence and general lack of risk-taking make for predictable…


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