The UFC women's bantamweight champion will star alongside Iko Uwais in the new action film "Mile 22," according to a Variety report. Peter Berg, of "Lone Survivor" fame, will act as producer.
Rousey, 28, took out Cat Zingano with an armbar in just 14 seconds Saturday night at UFC 184 in Los Angeles. Afterward, she and UFC president Dana White said that Rousey would be taking some time off to film a movie. "Mile 22" will begin shooting in mid-May. It's unclear when Rousey will be back in the Octagon or whom she'll be facing.
This will be Rousey's first time starring in a film. She had a small role in "The Expendables 3" last year and bigger roles in "Entourage" and "Fast & Furious 7," both of which come out this spring. In "Mile 22," Rousey will play a CIA field officer forced to work together with an Indonesian police officer (Uwais) to tackle violent and extreme political corruption.
WME Global is in talks to handle funding the film, Variety reported. Rousey is represented by WME and agent Brad Slater. Uwais, an Indonesian actor, starred in "The Raid" and "The Raid 2."
"I'm very excited at the possibility of working with Ronda and Iko to create a film in the spirit of this new wave of combat cinema emerging from Indonesia," Berg told Variety. "Ronda and Iko will be a very unique and powerful team."
Rousey (11-0) stayed unbeaten in the fight against Zingano. She has finished all but one of her fights in the first round and all but two via her vaunted armbar. The Los Angeles resident recently crossed over into the mainstream again with her photo shoot for Sports Illustrated's annual Swimsuit Issue.
Rousey is tied to "The Athena Project," a Warner Bros. adaptation of the best-selling book about an all-female commando team sent overseas. She also is endorsed by Reebok and Buffalo David Bitton.