Steven Soderbergh helped Gina Carano change careers from MMA star to actress when he and Lem Dobbs built the action film Haywire around her. In the wake of that film’s release, we’ve heard about possible next jobs for Carano, but now she’s set to join one of the biggest action franchises from any studio.

Carano is in talks to join Fast Six (or Fast & Furious 6, or Fast 6, or whatever the final title will be), where she’ll play alongside Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, and Vin Diesel. After beating the crap out of guys like Channing Tatum and Michael Fassbender in Haywire, that should’t be much of a stretch. Read More »

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Steven Soderbergh saw Gina Carano fight and decided to build a movie around her. The result was Haywire, released earlier this year. And now it seems that other filmmakers have seen Haywire, and want to make more movies around Carano. The former MMA fighter has been cast in a new action thriller called In the Blood, which sounds a bit like a gender-reversed riff on Taken. Read More »

When we ran the first five minutes of Steven Soderbergh‘s Haywire, starring Gina Carano, a few people mentioned something interesting in the comments. Those who’ve followed Carano’s MMA career said that her voice, as heard in the clip from the film, didn’t sound much at all like Carano.

Turns out there’s a reason. We know that Steven Soderbergh was taken enough with Carano’s physical presence to build a film around her. Some of that appeal may have been that she’s an unknown quantity on film. And it seems that Soderbergh wanted to emphasize every possible difference between Gina Carano and the character she plays on screen, so with Carano’s participation he did some work to alter her voice for the film. Read More »

Sadly, this one is for US residents only, because it uses a Hulu embed. Eventually I imagine this will end up on YouTube, but for now everyone outside the States will have to be patient.

One of Steven Soderbergh‘s last films (he’s planning to retire after shooting two more, The Side Effects and Behind the Candelabra), Haywire features MMA star Gina Carano and opens on January 20. You can see the first five minutes of the movie below.

The scene is one that you’ll see in much shorter form in various trailers for the film, but this full presentation of a confrontation between Gina Carano and Channing Tatum should really give you a good idea of what sort of fight scenes Haywire has to offer. This fight is serious. Read More »

Relativity Media unveiled Steven Soderbergh‘s action movie Haywire this past weekend at the AFI Fest, to mixed/positive reviews. The idea behind the movie is that Soderberg saw MMA fighter Gina Carano in action, and wanted to build a movie around her. He and screenwriter Lem Dobbs (The Limey) came up with a story about a betrayed covert ops specialist out for revenge, dropped Carano in the middle and surrounded her with actors like Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, Michael Douglas and Michael Fassbender.

The trailers we’ve seen so far tried to balance action, dialogue, tension and character, but this new trailer basically goes all out for action. Consequently it looks great. Read More »

Odds are when you first saw the trailer for Haywire, Steven Soderbergh‘s action film starring MMA fighter Gina Carano, you thought, “Why is a Steven Soderbergh movie starring Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Channing Tatum and Antonio Banderas coming out in January?” January is an odd movie month as it’s generally a place studios can release films they’re unsure about. It doesn’t necessarily mean they’re bad, just without obvious award or blockbuster potential and such is the case with Haywire. It’s an understated, down-the-middle action/spy film elevated by Soderbergh’s direction.  Haywire basically comes off as an exercise to watch an attractive woman beat the crap out of a bunch of famous guys.

The film had its world premiere in Grauman’s Chinese Theater Sunday night as part of the 25th annual AFI Fest Presented by Audi. Read some thoughts after the jump. Read More »

‘Haywire’ UK Trailer

Last summer we saw the first trailer for Steven Soderbergh‘s B-movie action experiment in which MMA star Gina Carano beats the hell out of an big-name cast that includes Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, Michael Douglas and Michael Fassbender.

The action looks fantastic and there’s a definite appeal to seeing this cast and crew making film powered by what could easily be a direct-to-DVD story. But the first trailer also suggested Carano’s limitations as an actress, as her dialogue scenes didn’t seem nearly as powerful as the action.

A UK trailer has hit that seeks to fix that issue by paring down the same basic trailer into something that is a minute shorter. It dispenses with some dialogue and some plot revelations, and focuses on action and atmosphere. And were it not for a truly terrible voice-over, it would be a big improvement on the first US version. Check it out below. Read More »

While we’re all very excited for Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion, the prolific director has also had an action spy film, Haywire (formerly known as Knockout), sitting in the wings for a while. Today at Comic-Con, Soderbergh hit the stage to premiere the film’s trailer and chat with MMA fighter Gina Carano, the star and inspiration of the film.

Judging from the trailer and clip shown at the panel, Haywire mostly appears to be an excuse for Soderbergh to make a hard-hitting action film. Carano’s fighting talents were on full display — especially in a drawn out fight scene with co-star Michael Fassbender – but she seems to be less adept at dialog or other scenes not involving elbows to the face.

Take a look at the trailer below and judge for yourself. Read More »

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