Gina Carano new movie 'In the Blood' set for release in 2014

Esther Lin

One of the pioneers of women's cagefighting is back in action with her latest Hollywood flick.

She's no longer competing in the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA), but that hasn't stopped Gina Carano from kicking some ass.

The former Strikeforce featherweight and one-time "face of women's MMA" is returning to the silver screen in 2014 for the action-thriller "In the Blood," directed by John Stockwell and jointly distributed by Anchor Bay Films and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. tells us what to expect:

Gina Carano plays Ava, a newlywed whose husband disappears while they are on their honeymoon in the Caribbean. The grieving wife passionately and recklessly pursues the men she believes kidnapped and killed him. As she tracks down those she believes are responsible, she uncovers a deep conspiracy that becomes a trail of bloody revenge through a lush, tropical backdrop. The film is a suspenseful, non-stop ride that showcases Gina's formidable physical force.

Formidable enough to briefly woo this "Man of Steel."

Carano, who got her big-screen start in Steven Soderbergh's "Haywire" (review), hasn't seen the inside of the cage since getting worked by Cris Cyborg back in August 2009. She's flirted with the idea of returning on several occasions and insists she "hasn't ruled it out."

But for now, the phone is still ringing.

She's managed to keep herself afloat in "Tinseltown" with a variety of high-profile movie projects, recently wrapping up filming on "Fast & Furious 6" (see her red carpet pic here), as well as pre-production on a female version of "The Expendables."

Seems like just yesterday she was knocking out Leiticia Pestova on a regional card shared by Gray Maynard, Stefan Struve and Alan Belcher.

recently-blonde "Conviction" helped pave the way for women's MMA back in 2006, which is now ruled by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rouseywho thanks God for Carano, as she not only gave female fighters a chance inside the cage, but also in Hollywood.

The proof is in the Expendable pudding.

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