The UFC star is angling to portray one of Nintendo's baddest babes, but does she fit the bill?
By day, former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey may be known as the one of the baddest women on the planet, but by night, she's also been amassing a decent little IMDB profile to her credit. She picked up minor roles in The Expendables 3 and Furious 7 that demonstrated her time-tested ability to whoop ass. She portrayed a heightened version of herself in the Entourage movie. She even tried her hand at comedy with a hosting gig on Saturday Night Live last month, and is set to star in an all-female reboot of Road House, quite possibly the most unintentionally hilarious movie ever made. The girl's got range.
Of course, one thing that Rousey also happens to be is a gamer, having spoken at length about her love for Ocarina of Time and Mortal Kombat (obviously) in the past and having even been a former moderator on a Pokemon forum. (FWIW, she would totally fight one Mew-sized Mewtwo over 100 Mewtwo-sized Mews if given the option.)
With all that in mind, Rousey was recently asked by GameSpot which video game character she could see herself portraying on the big screen. Her answer?
I've always wanted to be Samus. That would be badass. I love how people found out later that it was a hot chick on the inside. And then most of the day you're in a suit, so you can just hang out and eat donuts and be the star of Metroid. I hope they make a movie out of that.
Having sold 17 million copies over the course of its 11 games, Metroid is easily one of Nintendo's most successful (not to mention, critically-beloved) franchises. For those thinking that the possibility of a Metroid movie would be a longshot at best, you need only refer to what Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto said back in August about the future of the company.
"As we look more broadly at what is Nintendo's role as an entertainment company, we're starting to think more and more about how movies can fit in with that-and we'll potentially be looking at things like movies in the future," said Miyamoto in a statement.
Given the success of the Metroid series and the name value of Rousey, one would think that the two would be a perfect fit for one another. It's not as if the role of Samus would require a great degree of acting skill -- the character spends the vast majority of the games stuffed into a robotic suit and helmet, for starters -- but what do you think? Would Rousey make for a fitting Samus, and if not, who do you think would?