Sure, she snagged a small role in the 2009 underground fighting drama Blood and Bone, but it was her leading lady turn as black ops super soldier Mallory Kane in Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire that transformed Gina Carano from MMA fighter to action hero. Shortly after Haywire hit theaters to critical raves, Carano had lined up another action-fueled vehicle called In The Blood, and THR reports Anchor Bay Entertainment is teaming with Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment to distribute the thriller that has Carano back in action as a serious ass-kicker.
In The Blood will open in limited release in 2014. A VOD, DVD, and Blu-ray releases are also being planned. The thriller pulls inspiration from Taken, but puts Carano in the Liam Neeson role. When Ava (Carano) and her husband are vacationing in the Caribbean, he is abducted. This launches Ava into a quest to recover her beloved other half, and wreak a painful reckoning on anyone who gets in her way.
Stephen Lang, Luis Guzman, Amaury Nolasco, Cam Gigandet, Danny Trejo, Treat Williams, Ismael Cruz Cordova and Yvette Yates co-star. And personally, I’m hoping director John Stockwell made sure to have at least one fight scene between Carano and Trejo, because the very thought of such a showdown makes me dizzy. But according to John Stockwell, it’s not just Carano’s prowess at brawling that’s on display in In the Blood. He has said, “This role will showcase not only Gina’s fighting skills, but also her acting abilities as her character struggles to reign in her violent past.”
That’s all well and good, but let’s not undersell just how awe-inspiring Carano’s fighting skills are. Lest we forget:
Of course, Stockwell, who is best known for helming the surf drama Blue Crush, is no Soderbergh. But really, Carano’s so much fun to watch in fight scenes, I don’t really care how much emotional depth her characters have. I applaud her acting chops, but it’s not like Steven Seagal or Arnold Schwarzenegger ever had to be great actors to be satisfying action heroes. These kind of movies can be all about action and star power. And Carano showed both in Haywire and Fast and Furious 6, where she had a epic subway battle with Michelle Rodriguez that had audiences jumping out of their seats.
While we wait for Fast and Furious 6 to come out on DVD, and In The Blood to hit theaters and VOD, you can revisit Haywire on Netflix. Next up for Carano is a role in the untitled Adi Shankar project that is said to be a female-fronted version of The Expendables. Expected to wrangle together some of cinema’s most fearsome contemporary actresses, this tantalizing action-thriller is frustratingly still in development.