The recent action movie Haywire hasn't fared as well at the box office as it did with critics (though it has made back its budget), but its star, MMA fighter-turned-actress Gina Carano, has already lined up another action project.
THR reports that Carano has joined the cast of the action-thriller In the Blood for director John Stockwell (Blue Crush, the upcoming Dark Tide). Carano will play a wife whose husband disappears while vacationing in the Caribbean, so she recklessly pursues the men she thinks are responsible. "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," said Stockwell.
In the Blood was written by Bennett Yellin and James Robert Johnston (Joy Ride 2). Production is set to start in Puerto Rico in early spring or summer. Carano's Haywire stunt team is in discussions to reteam with her on In the Blood. more cast for Oblivion and 300: Battle of Artemisia >> Posted 02.15.12 by Ryan
Posted 01.22.12 by reelz
Former MMA fighter Gina Carano is making her acting debut this weekend in the action flick Haywire, which sees Carano play a freelance covert operative who is double crossed and seeks revenge. Director Steven Soderbergh has discussed the movie's "realistic" action scenes, which were certainly something she was already familiar with. In an interview with Vulture, Carano admitted that it was the kissing scenes that made her nervous instead of the fighting scenes.
carano would like to play a "believeable" wonder woman >> Posted 01.22.12 by Ryan
This wasn't in the script originally, but he kissed me! Michael [Fassbender] came up to me, and he said, 'If we're pretending to be husband and wife [for our cover in an operation], I should kiss you.' And I was like, 'Are you kidding?' This is my first day of filming, this is my first kiss of my entire career, and I was like, 'I've never had a kiss on camera before!' My whole mouth, my face was completely shaking, and I was going, 'Oh my god, Oh my god, Oh my god!' But it was nice. It was nice just to be present with him, and he was so genuine, and so beautiful.
Steven Soderbergh's highly anticipated action movie, Haywire, hits theaters this weekend and all the buzz surrounding it reassures viewers it's just as badass as the clips imply. At a recent press conference regarding the movie, Eric Eisenberg of cinemablend.com had the opportunity to sit in and hear what the actors had to say about working with Soderberg and shooting fighting scenes with an actual MMA fighter.
Gina Carano, professional fighter-turned-actress, talked about her "audition process."
My agent called me and he said that this director wanted to meet me, and I didn’t know who he was. I don’t know anything about Hollywood really, still. I’m still learning... We had a four hour lunch and at the end of it he offered me a movie. So, there was no auditioning. I don’t know what that is like yet.
Channing Tatum, no stranger to the action film genre, plays one of the many men Carano beats up and he was more than impressed.
Find a girl that you think can whip my butt and I’ll go to her movie. And then they did. And I wanted to be in the movie, like yes it’s for real. She can really do this stuff. There’s no faking it. She only fakes it, because she has too. It was fun. What did Ewan mcGregor say about working with Gina Carano? >> Posted 01.21.12 by reelz
Rumors of his retirement have been greatly exaggerated, at least until after another movie or three, starting with the psychological thriller Side Effects. Steven Soderbergh, whom we are referring to, will be helming a new movie this spring thanks in part to Open Road Films and Annapurna Pictures who will finance and distribute the picture, according to EW.com.
The movie, previously titled Bitter Pill, will star Blake Lively, Jude Law and Channing Tatum; however, details on the plot have not yet been released.
In a press release from Tom Ortenberg the CEO of Open Road Films, he states:
We are thrilled that Steven Soderbergh is bringing his next thriller to Open Road. We couldn’t be more excited to be working with Annapurna and this fantastic team of filmmakers.
Soderbergh's latest movie, Haywire, hits theaters this Friday. Posted 01.19.12 by reelz
From his 1989 indie debut of Sex, Lies and Videotape to last fall's viral thriller Contagion, director Steven Soderbergh's movies have always tried to blend an extraordinary story with a sense of realism (often even working with non-actors) and his latest movie, the upcoming Haywire, is no different. The action-thriller follows a freelance covert operative Mallory Kane (MMA fighter Gina Carano) who is double crossed and seeks revenge on the person who betrayed her. Last week, Soderbergh revealed that he wanted the fight scenes in the movie to feel "realistic," avoiding action movie conventions such as wirework. "Nothing that you couldn't actually do," said Soderbergh at the time.
During an interview with Vulture, the director again spoke about the movie's action, calling it a "gamble" to allow the actors to actually do the action sequences.
soderbergh on Carano's voice, Magic Mike and his sabbatical from movies >> Posted 01.14.12 by Ryan
Look, I like to be entertained, but I know when I'm being cheated, and I didn't want that. What I was trying to do was stage sequences where we wouldn't have to resort to trickery. But it was a gamble, because the stakes in these sorts of things are usually so crazy, in the scale of the action, and with the quick-cut Bourne shots. I wanted a human scale, with looser shots, longer shots, with the camera in lockdown.
It's official. In the first five minutes of director Steven Soderbergh's Haywire, Gina Carano proves she's the first female action star fans will actually believe is able to kick Channing Tatum's ass.
Don't believe us? You can now watch those first five minutes online. Check out Carano and Tatum's altercation at a diner — a scene that features heavily in already released trailers and clips. More Bourne than Salt, the fight scene is close and brutal, with Carano showing her physicality and taking as much as she gives. Watch the first 5 minutes of Haywire >> Posted 01.10.12 by Jud
Director Steven Soderbergh has spent his career bouncing from genre to genre, starting his career with the 1989 indie drama Sex, Lies and Videotape, winning a Best Director Oscar for Traffic in 2000, and, most recently, last fall's viral thriller Contagion, to name a few. Soderbergh's latest is the upcoming Haywire, an action flick centered around a freelance covert operative (MMA fighter Gina Carano) who is double crossed and seeks revenge. Soderbergh has admitted that he thought of using Carano in a movie after watching her fight on TV, but in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, the director went into more detail about how he came to that decision.
watch the clips and see the new photos >> Posted 01.08.12 by Ryan
I saw her fight on TV, and saw her interviewed, and thought, given the history of movies being built around real fighters, why shouldn't somebody build a movie around her? She seemed kind of ready-made to do that. She's a natural beauty and a real fighter. I went to talk to her and said, 'Would you be up for this?' She said, 'Yeah, actually, this comes at a good time for me.' There's obviously a risk involved. People know her, but not because of movie stuff. But I feel like this is what movies are for. They did it for Steven Seagal. Why can't we do it for her?
I had also been looking — because I love spy movies — for something in this vein that was set in the world of these private security companies. So when I saw her I thought: I can combine these two things. That's what we ended up doing.
If there's one thing that the upcoming thriller Haywire hasn't been lacking, it's trailers.
Besides having several TV spots currently airing on television, the previous trailer for Haywire, released in November, focused on a fight scene between Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class) and the movie's lead, MMA fighter Gina Carano, who is attacked by Fassbender after she walks into their hotel room. The international trailer, released in October, showed plenty of Carano's fighting style, including stepping on walls and flipping Channing Tatum onto the ground.
The latest trailer doesn't ignore the footage from those trailers, but adds more of the movie's story — which follows Carano as a covert operative who is double crossed and seeks revenge. It also adds more footage of the movie's supporting cast, which includes Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, Michael Angarano, Bill Paxton and Academy Award winner Michael Douglas. watch the trailer >> Posted 01.05.12 by Ryan
If there's one thing that the trailers for Haywire have going for them is that MMA fighter Gina Carano is going to beat up most, if not all, of the impressive cast surrounding her. A cast that includes Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas, and Academy Award winner Michael Douglas.
The latest trailer for Haywire starts with a hotel room fight between Carano and Michael Fassbender, who, even after working in action movies like X-Men: First Class and Centurion, told EW that he hasn't been able to forget his brawl with Carano.
watch the trailer and read more about the fight >> Posted 11.11.11 by Ryan
I remember it clearly. She is supposed to pick up a vase and it breaks away, and the stunt guy said, "She’s going to grab it and hit you on the side of the head. But the one thing that’s important as she swings toward your head is you don’t look at her. You turn your head away and take the hit." I was like, "Yeah, yeah, yeah, I got it."
Of course, Gina picked up the vase and I looked right at it. It was like a camera bulb had gone off.