After defeating Cat Zingano Saturday night, UFC fighter Ronda Rousey is ready for her next match.
Rousey and “The Raid” star Iko Uwais are on board to star in “Mile 22,” an action-thriller with Peter Berg on board to produce.
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 photo 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.”
Given her skill as a fighter, 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 seen in this year’s “Furious 7” and “Entourage.” Rousey is also attached to the Warner Bros. adaptation of “The Athena Project,” which could possibly lead to another franchise for the multihyphenate. She also has endorsement deals with Reebok and Buffalo Jeans.
Uwais also looks to be a star on a rise following his breakout performance in “The Raid” and “The Raid 2,” on which 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 for “The Raid” helmer Gareth Evans’ next film, “Blister.” Uwais is repped by Management 360.
Berg is repped by WME, and Rousey is repped WME and manager and coach Edmond Tarverdyan.