On first glance this may seem like an odd statement considering that the 29-year-old Mixed Martial Arts star is clearly not a bloke, but take a good look at the trailer below to see how much ass Gina Carano kicks, and tell me there isn’t a little bit of that Statham bad-assery about her.
And let’s be honest, the competition in the field of bad-ass female action stars is pretty thin on the ground really. Sure, there have been some notable efforts over the years from the likes of Carrie-Ann Moss (The Matrix), Kate Beckinsale (Underworld), and Scarlet Johansson (Iron Man 2), but none of these are bona fide action stars per se, rather regular actresses who have stepped up to the mark for a particular role. You could argue that Angelina Jolie is now a fully-fledged action star, and maybe Zoe Saldana is heading that way as well, but neither have got the same real-life credentials as Gina.
Anyway, have a look at the trailer for her Hollywood debut, Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire. Its the story of Mallory Kane, “a freelance covert operative” who is “hired out by her handler to various global entities to perform jobs which governments can’t authorize and heads of state would rather not know about.” Looks pretty good, eh? Great director of course, but what a cast? I counted Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender, Bill Paxton, Ewen McGregor and Antonio Banderas, not to mention Michael Douglas. And doesn’t Gina put the men in their place?
Haywire is due for release on 20 January 2012 in the US, but doesn’t have a UK or Australian release date just yet.