Soderbergh Adds Two More to His Knockout Cast

January 12, 2010

Steven Soderbergh's next "real" film (i.e., not shot on digital starring the local townies), Knockout, has just had two more actors to its not unimpressive cast. Channing Tatum and Michael Angarano could soon be onboard with Gina Carano and her hot fists of fury.

Tatum is a natural for a movie like this, though Angarano -- who would be playing a young man who inadvertently gets drawn into Carano's troubles with the mililtary contractor team that betrays her -- is a stranger choice for the film. There are not a lot of details at this point:

The script by Lem Dobbs centers on a spy (mixed martial artist Gina Carano) who works for a Blackwater-style security contractor and is betrayed by one of her teammates.

Tatum, who will train with a Mossad agent in preparation for the part, will play one of the agents in her spy cell. Angarano plays a teen who sees Carano in trouble and decides to help, unwittingly ending up as her partner.

In addition to Carano, Angarano, and Tatum, Michael Fassbender, Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor, and Dennis Quaid are all part of the cast as well. It will be interesting to see what Soderbergh, who's been dwelling in the land of the tiny indie film for a while now, does with a big cast, budget, action, and set pieces. Does he still have what it takes to make a major studio picture?

And more importantly, does Knockout have potential to stand out in the midst of The Expendables and The A-Team which, as far as anyone can tell, have more or less the same plot device? Maybe there's plenty of room in the pool for everyone, though it seems like Soderbergh's film will largely have to rely on the originality of having a female fighter as its protagonist. It doesn't hurt that she's good looking, too.

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