Gina Carano in 'Haywire' May Be Best Female Action Role in Years (VIDEO)

When I hear the name Gina Carano, I think of her mixed martial arts background (and her enviable abs) rather than her Hollywood fame, but with today's release of the action movie Haywire, I have a feeling that's all about to change.

Steven Soderbergh reportedly created Haywire specifically for Carano after seeing footage of her MMA cage battles. In the movie, she plays spy/assassin Mallory Kane, who annihilates bad guys left and right with brute force and lightning speed, while—of course!—looking sexy as hell, whether she's wearing an evening gown or firing a machine gun.

Personally, this movie had me at hot chick kicking ass, but it gets even better: Ewan McGregor's in the film too. That crackling noise? ALL MY PLEASURE CHAKRAS LIGHTING UP AT ONCE.

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The gist of Soderbergh's film is a somewhat familiar one: Mallory is betrayed by her colleagues and has to evade their attempts to assassinate her while trying to figure out why they want her dead in the first place. In the hands of a different director, this might be just another uninspiring B-level action flick, but given the man at the helm and the impressive cast (Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender, Antonio Banderas, and Michael Douglas are also involved), I'm thinking Haywire definitely looks date-night-worthy.

The movie spends plenty of time showing off Carano's physicality via some very believable fight scenes (no stunt double needed, obviously), and you can get a sneak peek at some of her badassery here:



Um, yes PLEASE. For that hotel scene at 1:10 ALONE.

Channing Tatum has testified to Carano's unique acting skills, saying she's one of the best athletes he's ever worked with:

To be totally honest, she's better than every guy I've ever fought, really, other than one, and he was a strike force fighter as well. I can say this without any amount of trying to say it for the movie: I challenge anyone to come and fight her or even move with her. (...) She's so strong and in control, it's just ridiculously unprecedented in my opinion.

I'm thrilled Carano had this chance to leverage her MMA experience into a high-profile movie role, and I hope we see more of her in the future. Female action stars are so few and far between, and most of the time their moves have less to do with actual ability and more to do with camera trickery and stand-ins. A beautiful woman who can legitimately give any bad guy a run for his money? I say bring it on.

Are you planning to see Haywire?



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