Gina Carano, Wonder Woman? MMA Fighter Rumored for Movie Role

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Wednesday, 02 Oct 2013 06:46 PM

By Ken Mandel

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Is Gina Carano the next Wonder Woman? The Mixed Martial Arts fighter-turned-actress has a new film coming out in 2014, and the recent release of a short YouTube Wonder Woman film has some dreaming of putting two and two together.

In "In The Blood," Carano, 31, plays a wife whose husband vanishes during their Caribbean honeymoon. She sets out to bring him back, and uncovers the conspiracy related to his disappearance.

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"The first time I saw Gina Carano fight with Pro Elite, I knew I had to make a movie with her," Kevin Kasha, EVP of Anchor Bay Entertainment acquisitions and co-productions, told Screen Daily. "'In The Blood' is the perfect film for Gina and we at Anchor Bay Films are proud to be releasing it."

Beyond that, social media is buzzing over whether this wonder of a woman could become Wonder Woman, especially after Rainfall Films released a two-minute trailer for a fake "Wonder Woman" short film, in which actress Rileah Vanderbuilt plays the hero, but fans immediately began to speculate about whether Carano could or would be cast in such a role.

During her promotional tour, Carano said during an interview with AMC Theaters that she sees great potential in the project.

"That's the ultimate superhero for a woman," she said. "No matter who ends up being Wonder Woman someday, I just hope it's something that is done correctly. I know it's there and that it could definitely be done correctly. It's just a matter of getting the right people and having the right vision come together. A director and producer and writer have to see the beauty in it and make it real."

The tough brunette began her transition from MMA Strikeforce featherweight to big-screen mauler in 2009's "Blood and Bone," then starred as Mallory Kane in Steven Soderbergh's 2011 "Haywire," and appeared in this summer's "Fast & Furious 6."

Separately, action movie producer Adi Shankar also wants to cast her in the female version of "The Expendables."

"I don't know how I'm supposed to make a movie that is supposed to be the female version of The Expendables without Gina Carano in it," he said. "It would be like making Twix without caramel or Jamba Juice without jamba."

With the huge success of comic-book movies about Iron Man, Batman, Spider-Man and The Avengers, it's been long thought to be only a matter of time before Wonder Woman — the Amazonian princess with bullet-deflecting bracelets — flies her invisible jet on the big screen, though numerous attempts have failed.

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