UFC megastar Conor McGregor is about to hit the big screen.
McGregor, who last fought in 2021, will star opposite actor Jake Gyllenhaal in Amazon Prime’s remake of the 1989 action film “Road House,” according to Deadline.
The film marks the controversial fighter’s first motion picture credit. According to the outlet, McGregor’s role was not disclosed, but he will portray an original character in the film instead of playing himself.
“Conor McGregor is very excited to expand his career in Hollywood and join Jake Gyllenhaal in this reimagining of ‘Road House’,” said McGregor’s spokeswoman, Karen J. Kessler. said in a statement,
“While fighting remains his top focus, it marks the beginning of another successful venture into the McGregor Empire. He looks forward to starting shooting for the film.”
McGregor teased her face in a social media post on Wednesday. Amazon Studios will begin production in the Dominican Republic in late August and release the film on Prime Video.
There is no set release date.
In the original “Road House”, Patrick Swayze starred as “Dalton”, a bouncer at a small-town bar in Missouri. The new edition of the Cult Classic will see Gyllenhaal in the same role as Swayze, a former UFC fighter based in the Florida Keys.
McGregor hasn’t stepped inside the Octagon since last July, when he suffered multiple stress fractures in his left leg during his loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264.
While he still intends to compete, the 34-year-old’s quest in the film industry is the latest venture the Irishman took outside the UFC.
The former UFC champion has previously entertained opportunities to appear on the silver screen. In 2016, McGregor was rumored to appear in the Vin Diesel-led film xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, but withdrew from the project.
According to Sportico, in 2021, McGregor was the highest-paid athlete in the world, earning approximately $208M – with roughly $180M coming from endorsements. According to ESPN, he sold a majority stake in his Proper No. 12 whiskey brand for about $600 million.
He has since been one of the world’s highest-paid athletes but remains the highest-paid UFC fighter, collecting an estimated $52M in 2022.