Paige VanZant is the latest mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter to cross over to the acting world, as Deadline is reporting that "12 Gauge" has landed a role in the upcoming Jean-Claude Van Damme film, "Kickboxer: Retaliation."
According to produce Rob Hickman, nabbing the latest UFC sensation was a no-brainer:
"Paige is the up-and-coming darling of the UFC and her star quality shines through on camera. She's a tremendous asset to the film both as an onscreen talent and as a trained fighter."
Paige is no rookie when it coems to acting, though, as she's been doing it since she was a kid.
The film is a sequel to "Kickboxer: Vengeance," which is due out this fall and stars women's MMA icon, Gina Carano. VanZant will play a skilled fighter with excellent shooting ability named "Gammon," who also happens to be well connected to the criminal world.
It remains to be seen just what kind of blow up -- if any -- Ronda Rousey has towards Paige in the future should the young starlet start nabbing more Hollywood roles that could have potentially gone to her.