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While Ronda Rousey still hasn’t hung up the gloves in the UFC, the former champion has been slowly building a second career for herself in Hollywood. Following roles in The Expendables 3 and Furious 7, Rousey will star in a remake of Patrick Swayze’s cult classic Road House. But the role that Ronda Rousey would love to play is significantly more geeky than you might expect.
Speaking with Gamespot, Ronda Rousey admits that the movie role she’d love to play would be that of Samus Aran from Nintendo’s Metroid game franchise. Originally released in 1986 for the original Nintendo Entertainment System, Metroid followed a game protagonist that fought aliens while completely covered in a suit of power armor. It was only after completing the game that players discovered that the character in the armor was actually a woman. It turns out the suit is part of the reason Rousey would enjoy the role.
I've always wanted to be Samus. That would be badass. I love how people found out later that it was a hot chick on the inside. And then most of the day you're in a suit, so you can just hang out and eat donuts and be the star of Metroid. I hope they make a movie out of that.
We can imagine as somebody who has to work tirelessly to keep her body in shape that a period of rest, like a movie where most of your body's covered, would make for a nice break. Having said that, we would assume that the physicality of the role would still make sitting around eating donuts a bad idea. Still, Rousey as Samus certainly wouldn’t be the worst idea. The fighter is becoming a go-to name when it comes to action-oriented female roles, expressing interest in playing Captain Marvel among other roles, and we can’t think of a reason why she wouldn’t be able to handle the part.
Since her first appearance, Samus Aran has become one of Nintendo’s most popular characters and the game has spawned numerous sequels over the years. It would make sense that Metroid would make a solid movie, as the game itself, as well as the protagonist, were largely inspired by the Alien movies starring Sigourney Weaver.
Nintendo has a fairly massive collection of properties that fans would love to see turned into movies. However, even since the abomination that was Super Mario Bros. in the 90’s the game developer has been hesitant to make any more feature films based on their titles.
How much do you want to see a Metroid game? Is Ronda Rousey the perfect person to bring Samus to life, or would you rather see somebody else take on the role?