Katee Sackhoff, best known for playing hardcore fighter pilot Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace on Battlestar Galactica, has become the second actress to sign up for a role in the upcoming film that has been described as the female version of The Expendables. She joins a cast that already includes Gina Carano, who showed her cinematic ass-kicking skills this past January in Steven Soderbergh's Haywire.

Variety has the casting news and says that there are still "several prominent actresses affiliated with the action genre continue to circle the project." Adi Shankar is producing the film through his 1984 Private Defense Contractors banner and will finance the film itself.

Said Shankar in a statement about Sackhoff's casting, "If you spend five minutes with Katee it becomes blatantly obvious that she would pwn [sic] most male action stars." Dutch Southern, who wrote the 2007 Black List script Hoof Harrington's Greatest Hits, has been given screenwriting duties, but a director has not yet been hired.

Sackhoff has a number of upcoming projects including the comedy Sexy Evil Genius with Seth Green and Michelle Trachtenberg, and the horror film The Haunting in Georgia with Chad Michael Murray. She also plays a part in Vin Diesel's upcoming Riddick sequel and just two weeks ago signed up to join Doctor Who's Karen Gillan in the movie Oculus.

Anyone who has seen even a single episode of Battlestar Galactica knows that Starbuck definitely has a place among awesome ass-kicking female heroines. It will be interesting to see who signs on the dotted line next.
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