Should Ronda Rousey Play Samus in a ‘Metroid’ Movie?

     February 23, 2016


Despite UFC fighter Ronda Rousey’s success in the cage throughout her career, the most talked-about moment regarding the former bantamweight champ was her high-profile loss to Holly Holm late last year. Perhaps this revelatory moment, one that brought the seemingly indomitable Rousey back down to Earth, brought about the realization that she won’t be able to fight forever. So it’s with that in mind, and with an eye toward her burgeoning movie career, that Rousey has expressed interest in playing the lead of a possible Metroid movie.

This might sound like wishful thinking or empty talk, but recent news that Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto is entertaining the idea of getting the gaming company back into the movie-making business suggests there’s a possibility of seeing franchises like Metroid on the big screen. In an interview with GameSpot for her role in the video game “EA Sports UFC 2”, Rousey expressed an interest in stepping in to play the heroic character Samus, as well as the feeling that she missed out on the Warcraft movie.

ronda-rousey-metroidHere’s what Rousey had to say about playing Samus:

What movie based on a video game would you want to be the star of?


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.

Samus is certainly one of Nintendo’s most popular characters, but it remains to be seen if this property will ever get off the ground in a cinematic fashion. But for the sake of argument, let’s say it was greenlit; would Rousey make a worthwhile Samus? Let us know in the comments below.

Rousey has previously starred in The Expendables 3, Furious 7, and Entourage, and has the lead in writer/director Nick Cassavetes’ Road House reboot that has yet to start filming. If Rousey had her wish, she would have been in Duncan Jones‘ Warcraft movie as well:

ronda-rousey-metroidI’d actually like to ask you about performing fight scenes in movies. You had a great fight scene in Fast and Furious 7 and you’re currently working on Road House–is fighting for a movie hard, or is it something that comes naturally to you as a fighter.


A lot of things come naturally. There are certain things I have to, like, keep in mind when shooting for a movie and that’s defense. Nobody has any defense in movies because when you have defense you cover your face, and that was my main problem–covering my face.


It’s funny because they were making a Warcraft movie, I was like “I want to do that!” That’s what made me start playing World of Warcraft. And so I got into it backwards like that. It started out as role research for something I knew I would never get–I didn’t have time or they were already filming it. It’s kinda cool when two worlds connect like when they make a movie based on a book, and you go buy the book because you know if the book is being made into a movie it must be pretty good.

What’s more likely: that Nintendo will reinvigorate their fan-favorite properties through a new wave of movies, or that Rousey will find success in Hollywood that’s on par with her record in the ring? Let us know your thoughts below!


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