Ex-Strikeforce and Elite XC star Gina Carano has booked her first major acting role since her exit from the Star Wars spinoff The Mandalorian earlier this year.
The former fighter-turned-actor was fired from her role as Cara Dune in the popular Disney+ series after she made a number of controversial posts on social media including one that compared the atrocities suffered by Jews during the Holocaust to the current political climate in the United States.
Carano later removed the message from her social media account but the damage was already done with Disney calling the post “abhorrent” and cutting ties with her, which included her exit from The Mandalorian as well as a rumored series called Rangers of the New Republic, where she was reportedly expected to serve as one of the lead roles.
Now Carano has officially booked her first major role since that situation exploded back in February after signing on to star in a new revenge thriller with a script from The Hitcher and Near Dark writer Eric Red.
The untitled project based on Red’s book White Knuckle is described as a story surrounding a “strong-willed woman who survives an attempt by serial killer-trucker ‘White Knuckle.’ Haunted by her encounter and the cops’ inability to catch her tormentor, she partners with a trucker to end the killer’s reign of terror.”
The news of Carano’s new film was first reported by Deadline.
The new movie will also serve as Carano’s first project with conservative website The Daily Wire, who partnered with her after she was ousted from The Mandalorian.
“I’m completely ignited to be creating this thriller with The Daily Wire and Bonfire Legend,” Carano said in a statement. “I feel I am exactly where I want and need to be at this moment in my life; it feels as if I have wings.”
The search for a director is currently underway with plans for the film to be released in early 2022 with the movie being made available through The Daily Wire website as well as plans for a theatrical release.
Since last competing in the cage back in 2009, Carano has gone onto have a successful acting career with appearances in numerous high profile films including Deadpool and Fast & Furious 6.
She appeared in a total of seven episodes of The Mandalorian over two seasons before she was let go from that series earlier this year with a third season already ordered from Disney.