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Carano gets 'Knockout' role


While Quinton "Rampage" Jackson has been rumored to star in the remake of A-Team, female mixed martial artist Gina Carano has reportedly landed her own starring role.

Academy Award-winning film director and producer Steven Soderbergh, known for works Erin Brockovich, Ocean's Eleven (and Twelve and Thirteen) and Che, is set to helmKnockout, a female spy thriller written by Lem Dobbs. Few plot details have been released, but word has it the story holds many similarities to The Bourne Identity.

In a unique arrangement, Soderbergh will forgo his upfront salary but will retain a stake in the film and in Relativity Media. He will produce the flick, along with partner Gregory Jacobs and Relativity's Ryan Kavanaugh, while TuckerTooley will serve as executive producer.

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Carano, who, aside from her noted Muay Thai and MMA skills, was named to Maxim's Hot 100 list, is confirmed to be in talks to join the cast. Carano, 27, is coming off her first loss in the cage, to Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos in the main event of Strikeforce's Aug. 15 event. Cyborg claimed the promotion's first 145-pound women's title with a first-round technical knockout victory over Carano, a fight hailed as one of the best this year.

Production for Knockout slated to begin in February 2010.

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