Fassbender, McGregor, Douglas & Quaid Ready For A Knockout

Published 5 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:27 pm,

Director Steven Soderbergh likes to straddle the fence between art and commerce. For every Ocean’s Eleven style film that the he makes, he likes to shoot at least one film that isn’t a shoe-in for a huge opening weekend.

When news came up last year that the Traffic director was going to direct an action film starring real-life mixed-martial artist Gina Carano called Knockout I didn’t really know what to expect. However, now the director has Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas and Dennis Quaid in negotiations to star in the film, it looks like this one is on the side of commerce. Although, having said that, these stars do like their Oscar bait.

Heat Vision Blog reports that the actors are circling the film for co-starring roles, and I’d assume that they’ll all sign on the dotted line by the time the film starts shooting next month. Quaid and Douglas previously starred in Soderbergh’s Traffic, while McGregor has just acted with Soderbergh’s old pal George Clooney in The Men Stare At Goats.Fassbender is coming off Inglorious Basterds and has Jonah Hex on the way.


According to Heat Vision Blog:

“McGregor would play the owner of the company, a one-time confidant of Carano who switches allegiances.

Fassbender will play a British agent who teams up with Carano but proves untrustworthy while Douglas will play an American executive of McGregor’s company who works with her to take down the company.”

It sounds like this really is one to watch. I’m all for a bit of Michael Douglas and Dennis Quaid, while Fassbender really is one to watch for the future. Oh, and McGregor was also in the Star Wars prequels and The Island – scratch that last part!

The film will shoot around the world, starting next month and be released in the US by Lionsgate, with international sales up for grabs at the Berlin Film market.

More on Knockoutwhen we get it.

Source: Heat Vision Blog

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  1. Very interesting.

    As a fight fan, I have followed Carano through her Muay Thai and MMA career and it’s very “shocking” that she’s getting this part out of no where. She’s going to be surrounded by world class actors/director/editors/etc. Can’t wait to see the end product.

  2. I agree with ogb. I still can’t believe how lucky she is to get this role. Steven Soderbergh must really like her.
    I hope she can deliver or this could be ugly.

  3. Hmmm. I don’t really get what the movie’s about. Maybe I missed a past post. Could be interesting. However I don’t think I’ve ever seen Dennis Quaid in a good movie, but maybe I just haven’t watched the right ones.

  4. Is that her on the top?? Very cute.

    And good to hear that Dennis Quaid is getting a lot of work, he seems like a good guy and I like him as an actor.

  5. @neontiger

    WHAT?? Never seen Quaid in a good movie?? Oh come on, Innerspace!!, FREQUENCY!!, The Rookie, Flight of the Phoenix was alright, Traffic, Any Given Sunday, DRAGONHEART!!, Enemy Mine, THE RIGHT STUFF (finally saw it, thought it was excellent). Come on… Go out and rent some Dennis Quaid movies!! :-P

    Ok, I’m a Dennis Quaid fanboy, but come on, there are a lot of great movies in that list…

  6. @ Ken J:
    My apologies. I have not seen most of those movies, which is weird because I’m a movie freak. I guess I’m just thinking of GI Joe, American Dreamz, and Yours, Mine and Ours and stuff. God, I really seem to pick the wrong Dennis Quaid movies!

  7. Wow, you really did pick his worsts! Well, GI Joe was entertaining, but yah, pretty cheesy…

    If you’re actually interested, those movies I listed, they are all pretty good movies.

    Obviously The Rookie and Any Given Sunday are only if you’re into sports movies, which I’m not, and never watched Any Given Sunday, but people I know who have seen it says it was good. I HAVE seen The Rookie though and thought it was pretty good, Quaid was good in it.

    Innerspace is a must see, that movie is hilarious. I would tell you what’s it’s about but you really just have to see it for yourself. It’s kind of a goofy 80′s comedy if you like those movies.

    Frequency I know people have split opinions about, but I personally loved that movie. The premise sounds pretty stupid, and I had my doubts going in, but the execution was very well done and the ending was fantastic. I hope nobody ruins the ending for you because it was pretty surprising to see the first time. Not that it’s completely unpredictable, but the way it unfolded was perfect.

    The Right Stuff is kind of a documentary/movie. It’s all acted and it’s a movie, not a documentary, but they don’t delve too much into the drama. It is more or less a recreation, launch for launch of the Mercury program (someone correct me if I’m naming the wrong program). So if you’re interested in the scientific stuff regarding the space race, you would like this movie.

    Dragonheart, come on, even over a decade later, when Factor 5 was asked if the Dragons in their ps3 game will talk (even though the game ended up sucking…) their reply says a lot about Dragonheart’s lasting appeal. When they were asked if their Dragons talk, they said that since they weren’t able to get Sean Connery to do the voice it’s better for the dragons to not talk at all, lol. Sean Connery was the voice of the dragon in Dragonheart and they were directly referring to that movie as THE standard for how a Dragon should sound if he spoke, lol. Very fun movie, a lot of hilarious moments and good action with a touching story behind it all.

    Enemy Mine was a little freaky (don’t want to spoil it if you’ve never seen it), but was very well acted. It’s a sci-fi movie, but in the end, it wasn’t action oriented. The story centered around the interactions between Dennis Quaid’s character and this alien who are marooned on a hostile alien planet together.

    All are must-sees in my opinion. If you end up watching any, please let me know what you think! Hopefully I’m not wasting your time! lol.

    • “Frequency I know people have split opinions about, but I personally loved that movie. The premise sounds pretty stupid, and I had my doubts going in, but the execution was very well done and the ending was fantastic. I hope nobody ruins the ending for you because it was pretty surprising to see the first time. Not that it’s completely unpredictable, but the way it unfolded was perfect.”

      I agree that Frequency is a great movie and Quaid is pretty good in it.
      Frequency is FAR BETTER than “Source Code” or “Deja Vu” in terms of having a credible premise for time loops and the internal logic holds together very well under examination, which cannot be said for the others. There is one kind of cheap thing near the end that is dubious, but mostly it is pretty solid.

  8. @ Ken J
    Thanks for the recommendations! I will keep them in mind. As an enormous movie fan, you are definitely not wasting my time. Your description of Enemy Mine sounds intriguing. I love freaky sci fi haha.
    Also, Legion looks pretty cool. Quaid is in that if I am not mistaken.

  9. Well, the entire movie isn’t freaky actually, I know it sounded that way, sorry. What I was thinking while typing that was one part of the movie that I found kind of freaky, but it was toward the end, so I can’t say it or it’ll spoil it. The movie is basically a drama that involves aliens and an alien world, it’s not like a sci-fi horror or anything like that. It’s a character movie.

    And yes Dennis Quaid is in Legion, and yes that means I’ll probably watch it, but I don’t know, it looks like it could be pretty cheesy, lol.