UFC champion Ronda Rousey (above) and the Raid star Iko Uwais are about to team up for an action thriller titled Mile 22. Produced by Peter Berg, the buddy thriller will see the pair work together to kick some serious butt.
Variety revealed the details:
The film explores the relationship between a CIA field officer and an Indonesian police officer, forced to work together as they confront violent and extreme political corruption.
WME Global is in talks to handle financing on the film. Graham Roland penned the script.
Berg showed his excitement for the project over Oscar weekend, teasing fans with a pic of him, Rousey and Uwais that suggested something was on the horizon.
“I am a huge fan of what Gareth (Evans) and Iko did on both ‘Raid’ films and 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 said. “Ronda and Iko will be a very unique and powerful team.”
Both Rousey and Uwais have built in fanbases, given her appeal on the UFC level and Uwais’ fans following the “The Raid’s” success. The two are also very athletic and the pairing should make for quite the showcase.
Though she remains at the top of her sport as the undefeated female champ in her weight class, Rousey has begun staking her claim as the next go-to-girl, but with big-time action pics.
Given her skill set as a fighter along with a charming personality, Rousey has caught the eye of studio execs when it comes to casting physical female roles. She made her debut last summer in “The Expendables 3? and can be see next in “The Fast and Furious 7,” which bows in April, followed by the “Entourage” movie, which bows in June.
Rousey is also attached to the Warner Bros. adaptation of “The Athena Project,” which could possibly lead to another franchise for the multi-hyphenate.
Uwais also looks to be a star on a rise following his break-out performance in “The Raid” and “The Raid 2,” where he also served as fight choreographer. That performance caught the eye of J.J. Abrams, who later cast him in a significant role in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
He is currently attached as a fight choreographer in “The Raid” helmer’s Gareth Evans next film “Bister.” Uwais is repped by Management 360.