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EXCLUSIVE: Michael Fassbender to Join Steven Soderbergh's Knockout

Written by Kyle Buchanan | 07 Jan 2010, 11:20 AM

I was talking to Michael Fassbender this morning in advance of his new film Fish Tank (more on that soon), and the actor let slip a juicy piece of unannounced casting. Fassbender’s seen his profile rise since he played the purring Hickox in Inglourious Basterds, and he’s got a full deck of interesting directors clamoring to work with him, including David Cronenberg (who will team Fassbender with his Basterds costar Christoph Waltz for The Talking Cure) and Cary Fukunaga (who cast Fassbender in his upcoming redo of Jane Eyre).

Still, potentially his most interesting project is the one that he’ll shoot before those two.

“I’ll be starting work with Steven Soderbergh in the beginning of February in Dublin,” Fassbender said, confirming that he’ll take part in the prolific director’s next film, Knockout. That’d be the spy thriller starring mixed martial arts superstar Gina Carano, written by Lem Dobbs (The Limey).

Fassbender is the first piece of casting announced since the project’s inception, and his presence signals Soderbergh’s willingness to surround newcomer Carano with professional actors (never a given with Soderbergh, who loves using non-actors and unknown faces).

Still, after telling me about the project, Fassbender tried to clam up. Can he divulge anything about his character? “I can’t, really,” he said, laughing. “There’s one physical part in it, but it’s not too bad actually.”

Though we’d normally expect a flood of casting announcements due to the film’s imminent shoot date, Soderbergh is the kind of auteur who can shoot an entire feature film without anyone catching on. As far as casting information goes, we’ll take what we can get — but in getting Fassbender, at least Knockout is beginning to shape.

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Michael Fassbender Spies for Soderbergh
Source:Edward Douglas
January 7, 2010


Irish actor Michael Fassbender has been a super busy guy in the past year, culminating with his role in Quentin Tarantino's hit WWII flick Inglourious Basterds, in which he played British undercover agent Lt. Archie Hicox.

Next week, he can be seen in Andrea Arnold's acclaimed indie drama Fish Tank, opening on Friday in select cities, and when ComingSoon.net sat down with him to talk about the movie, we learned what his schedule will be like over the next few months.

Although Fassbender's name has come up for a lot of different movie roles in recent months, one that hadn't been reported was his appearance in Steven Soderbergh's next movie, the previously announced spy thriller Knockout starring mixed martial arts fighter Gina Carano, which will start shooting at the beginning of February.

"I play this MI6 operative that meets up with the lead character, so it should be very interesting," he told us earlier. "I'm very excited to work with him. He's a legend."

After that, Fassbender will play Rothchild in Cary (Sin Nombre) Fukunaga's take on Charlotte Brönte's Jane Eyre, followed by him taking on the guise of psychiatrist Carl Jung in David Cronenberg's adaptation of Christopher Hampton's 2002 stageplay The Talking Cure, in which he'll finally be able to act with his Basterds co-star Christoph Waltz, since they never had any scenes together.

Look for our full interview with Michael next week.

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Exclusive: Ewan McGregor, Dennis Quaid & Michael Douglas (& More) Join Steven Soderbergh's 'Knockout'

When the action spy picture "Knockout" was first announced a few months ago, director Steven Soderbergh promised that the lead star, non-actress/ mixed martial arts champion Gina Carano would be surrounded by a name-recognizable cast of supporting talent and he wasn't kidding.

Sources close to the project have confirmed to us the principal cast members that support Carano have been confirmed and they include Michael Fassbender ("Inglourious Basterds," "Hunger"), Ewan McGregor, Dennis Quaid and Michael Douglas.

When "Knockout" was first announced the project was still very much in the gestation/inception stage so the original concept — a girl from the wrong side of the tracks who is given a second chance to use her skills for constructive purposes — was eventually rethought and cast aside (both filmmaker and writer felt that had "been done").

Ultimately, "Knockout" is now more of a revenge action-spy thriller. Essentially it's hell hath no fury like a woman scorned and especially one who kicks serious ass. Double crossed by someone on her own team, Mallory Kane (Carano)— a black ops super soldier — seeks to uncover who has set her up to take the fall for a job that goes bad that involves a murder.

The male actors are all part of Carano's special forces team. Douglas plays a government figure not unlike Chris Cooper or Brian Cox from the 'Bourne' movies. Fassbender and one other actor who has yet to sign-on officially (we've been asked not to say who because it's not 100% confirmed, but the actor is male and a fairly big name; though it's possible scheduling conflicts may prevent him from participating) play members of her commando spy unit, and one of these two plays the central antagonist that betrays Carano's character (this is still being kept under wraps for now). McGregor's role is that of the owner/guy who runs a Blackwater private military company-type group that the female fighting champion is is part of (and apparently many of the males take a beating at the hands of Carano).

Carano's Kane character is now the opposite of a girl from the "wrong side of the tracks." She's now from a solid background and was raised around military honor and academia. She leaves the military to go to work for a Blackwater type group to make better money and then is eventually betrayed by one of her teammates.

Both Douglas and Quaid have worked with Soderbergh before in his Academy Award-winning 2000 film, "Traffic" and Douglas is obviously set to star in the filmmaker's "Liberace" film if that happens according to plan this summer. Fassbender is obviously a quickly rising, in-demand actor that everyone wants to work with (Tarantino, et. al) and the director is certainly one of those people — Fassbender's role was written with the actor in mind.

And Soderbergh has been circling McGregor for some time now. The "Trainspotting" actor was originally pegged to have a role in the 'Ocean's' films, but his commitments to Lucas' "Star Wars" prequels unfortunately precluded his participation.

"Knockout" — it's still officially a working title, but now we're told that people are warming up to the name and that it might eventually stick — was written by Lem Dobbs, the screenwriter behind Soderbergh's "Kafka" and "The Limey" also well-known for his contentious (and hilariously candid) DVD-commentary arguments with the director ("The Limey" commentary is like two friends with the gloves off and an amusing must-listen).

The director has previously said the film will take elements from "La Femme Nikita," the 'Bourne' films, the Bond film, "From Russia With Love" and John Boorman's 1967 crime film "Point Blank," starring Lee Marvin (which is known as the slightly arty, thinking man's tough guy picture).

Soderbergh's deal for "Knockout" through Relativity Media and Lionsgate is a typically unique one for the adventurous filmmaker. He will be paid no upfront fee for directing the film, but eventually will retain full ownership of the film once its released. Its a bold and unprecedented move. Having just finished up his media-saturation play "Tot Mom" in Australia, Soderbergh is now in New Mexico doing scouting for his February production start date expected to shoot there, Ireland and Turkey among other possible locations.

Carano has been training in L.A. for two months and test fight footage has already been shot. Lionsgate is eyeing an August release. Producers on the project include Relativity Media's Ryan Kavanaugh, Soderbergh's longtime co-hort Gregory Jacobs and Tucker Tooley as an executive producer.

Carano has already accidentally knocked out one stunt coordinator in practice sessions (no, really).

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Michael Fassbender Talks Sodbergh's Knockout, Plus More Casting News
By Katey Rich: 2010-01-07 13:19:25

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Michael Fassbender Talks Sodbergh's Knockout, Plus More Casting News This afternoon I got the much-awaited chance to talk to Michael Fassbender, the actor you either know as the emaciated Bobby Sands in Hunger, the "If this is it, old chap, I hope you don't mind if I go out speaking the King's" Archie Hicox of Inglourious Basterds, or the paternal/creepy Connor in Andrea Arnold's upcoming Fish Tank. This guy is going places, and during our short interview I felt compelled to ask him about the gazillion projects he has coming up, from The Talking Cure with David Cronenberg to Jonah Hex.

But he surprised me by talking about something entirely different that starts filming in February-- Steven Soderbergh's Knockout, a movie Fassbender describes as "a sort of thriller-type, action film" that's about "a CIA operative" played by cage fighter Gina Carano. Fassbender said he's in about four scenes, amounting to 12 or 13 days work, and had this to say about his female co-star: "She's a cagefighter. Sje's this Muaythai expert amazing fighter, and very very pretty too. I checked her out on YouTube, and it's like, holy s$#!."

Whether by coincidence or not, The Playlist also snagged some more casting news about the film: Ewan McGregor, Dennis Quaid and Michael Douglas will all be joining the film as well, which helps explain why up-and-comer Fassbender is still relegated to a supporting role. They also have a few plot details:

Essentially it's hell hath no fury like a woman scorned and especially one who kicks serious ass. Double crossed by someone on her own team, Mallory Kane (Carano)— a black ops super soldier — seeks to uncover who has set her up to take the fall for a job that goes bad that involves a murder.

The male actors are all part of Carano's special forces team. Douglas plays a government figure not unlike Chris Cooper or Brian Cox from the 'Bourne' movies. Fassbender and one other actor who has yet to sign-on officially (we've been asked not to say who because it's not 100% confirmed, but the actor is male and a fairly big name) play members of her commando spy unit, and one of these two plays the central antagonist that betrays Carano's character (this is still being kept under wraps for now). McGregor's role is that of the owner/guy who runs a Blackwater private military company-type group that the female fighting champion is is part of (and apparently many of the males take a beating at the hands of Carano).

I feel like we should no longer be surprised when Soderbergh assembles an entire feature cast under our noses, but he's done it again-- Knockout is filming next month, which means we'll have to wait a little longer to see Douglas and Matt Damon get cozy in the Liberace biopic. Speaking of which, don't you figure Damon has to be that other actor who isn't 100% confirmed? If it's true, the notion of him and Fassbender as members of a commando spy unit is enough to make me need to lie down for a moment.

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Full Cast for Steven Soderbergh’s Knockout: Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Dennis Quaid and Michael Douglas

Posted on Thursday, January 7th, 2010 by Russ Fischer



When Steven Soderbergh announced that he would direct a spy/action film starring MMA fighter Gina Carano written by his The Limey screenwriter Lem Dobbs, the reaction was positive. Now that the name supporting cast is being revealed, I’m curious to hear what people have to say. Personally, each news item has elevated my interest. There are also some new details on the script, as the original idea for the film has been reworked slightly, though it is still very much in the action/thriller vein.

Movieline broke the first casting news today, that Inglourious Basterds‘ Michael Fassbender would be seen in the film. “I’ll be starting work with Steven Soderbergh in the beginning of February in Dublin,” he told the site.

That scoop prompted The Playlist to chime in with additional casting news: also in the mix are Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas and Dennis Quaid. (Hey, two news stories for Quaid today!) That makes for a hell of a lineup. Fassbender is turning into a real man of the moment based on his work in Hunger and Basterds, and Douglas has already had a good working relationship with Soderbergh in Traffic. It’s easy to be down on McGregor of late, but I’ll bet that Soderbergh can get good work from him.

Originally, the film was pitched as a sort of La Femme Nikita tale — Carano would have played a woman with a bad history who is redeemed by her covert work. Variety’s logline was “a girl from the wrong side of the tracks is given a second chance to use her skills for constructive purposes.” Now, as The Playlist has it, the story goes like this:

Double crossed by someone on her own team, Mallory Kane (Carano)— a black ops super soldier — seeks to uncover who has set her up to take the fall for a job that goes bad that involves a murder.

Expect to see Douglas as a government authority figure, McGregor as the head of a Blackwater-like PMC, and Quaid, Fassbender and one other big actor yet to be announced as other commando types, one of whom does the betraying.

The plot is still fairly routine, and given the fact that Soderbergh has namedropped Point Blank when talking about this in the past, not a huge surprise. But I’ll take this group making a revenge thriller. Any day.

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http://www.heatvisionblog.com/2010/01/ewan-mcgregor-michael-douglas-michael-fassbender-in-knockout.html

January 07, 2010
McGregor, Douglas, Fassbender in Soderbergh's 'Knockout'

Mcgregor_ewan_150x250 Steven Soderbergh promised to surround mixed martial artist Gina Carano with strong actors for her feature debut when he first spoke about his revenge spy movie “Knockout,” and he is now delivering the goods.

Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor and Michael Douglas are in negotiations to join the cast of the production, which is being financed by Relativity. Dennis Quaid is also in negotiations in join the cast.

Written by Lem Dobbs, the story sees a female spy (Carano) working for a Blackwater-style security contractor who is betrayed by one of her teammates.

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.


The movie is scheduled to go before cameras in February in several locations around the world and will be selling at the European Film Market in Berlin. Lionsgate is distributing the movie domestically.

Fassbender, repped by WME, is coming off Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” where he played Lt. Archie Hicox. McGregor, repped by WME and United Agents, next appears in Roman Polanski’s “The Ghost Writer” while WME-repped Douglas, who worked with Soderbergh on the Oscar-winning “Traffic,” wrapped “Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps” last month.

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Soderbergh's K.O. cast Jan. 7, 2010

by: Niki Stephens

What a KNOCKOUT indeed.

The cast and plot for Stephen Soderbergh's KNOCKOUT have been announced. In September, we reported that mixed martial arts champion, Gina Carano was set to star.

Backing Carano will be Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Dennis Quaid and Michael Douglas. This is definitely an interesting mix.

The plot is actually being called a revenge action spy thriller. It's the story of Mallory Kane (Carano), a black ops super solider who is double crossed by someone on her team. The scorned solider tries to uncover the teammate that has set her up to take the fall for a job that goes terribly wrong which involves a murder.

The gentlemen joining the cast will be part of Kane's special forces team. The Playlist says, "that Douglas plays a government figure not unlike Chris Cooper or Brian Cox from the BOURNE movies." Fassbender and another actor, that has yet to be announced, will play members of her commando spy unit, and one of them will be the betrayer. McGregor's role is that of the owner of the private military group that Kane is a part of.

Lem Dobbs (THE LIMEY) is the script writer for the film, which is using KNOCKOUT as a working title. The deal for the spy thriller is unique in the fact that Soderbergh will be paid no fee up front for the film, but will later have full ownership once it comes out. Lionsgate and Relativity Media are hoping for an August release.

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Stephen Soderbergh secures a KNOCKOUT cast!
Posted by Matt Holmes on January 8, 2010 – 1:51 am | 0 comments

Stephen Soderbergh must have deep faith in MMA fighter Gina Carano, the unusual lead of his spy thriller Knockout - because he’s throwing her straight into the deep end. No time for baby steps or arm-band assisted paddling lessons, it’s sink or swim.

Not only will she be tested so physically that even as an experienced fighter she has had to train and bulk up for two months exclusively for the part but her barely noteworthy acting experience will be going toe-to-toe with Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Dennis Quaid and British man of the moment Michael Fassbender, according to The Playlist.

We haven’t seen a female actress tested like this since Quentin Tarantino put Uma Thurman through the gauntlet on Kill Bill (don’t worry too much about her too much though – she’s already knocked out one stunt guy during test filming!)

It’s also interesting to note that Soderbergh has so much faith in Carano and his talents as a film-maker that he has waived an upfront fee from Relativity Media and Lionsgate in order to retain ownership himself and carve out a wage from the movie’s profits. He’s also got eight months to shoot, edit and complete the picture as Lionsgate want it out by August!

The Playlist who have a pretty detailed scoop claim that Lem Dobbs’ (The Limey, Kafka) script has changed somewhat from it’s original girl “from the wrong side of the tracks” who has a second chance to put her life long skills to a better use premise, and now comes out something like this…

Ultimately, “Knockout” is now more of a revenge action-spy thriller. Essentially it’s hell hath no fury like a woman scorned and especially one who kicks serious ass. Double crossed by someone on her own team, Mallory Kane (Carano)— a black ops super soldier — seeks to uncover who has set her up to take the fall for a job that goes bad and involves a murder.

Carano’s Kane character is now the opposite of a girl from the “wrong side of the tracks.” She’s now from a solid background and was raised around military honor and academia. She leaves the military to go to work for a Blackwater-esque company to make better money and then is eventually betrayed by one of her teammates.

Previously Soderbergh had likened the movie to La Femme Nikita, the Bourne movies, From Russia With Love, and John Boorman’s Point Blank (‘67 movie with Lee Marvin).

David Holmes (Ocean’s movies, Out of Sight) will compose.

Here’s the cast again, now with some visual aid…

Fassbender (his role was written especially with him in mind) and another potential big name male actor (Playlist can’t say who) play members of her spy unit.

Michael Douglas will play a Government figure – think Brian Cox and Chris Cooper in the Bourne movies, we are told.

McGregor’s role is that of the owner who runs the Blackwater private military company-type group.

Dennis Quaid will be playing… well actually they don’t say.

Soderbergh has that fire in his belly, the one that we just love to see when our favourite directors are working all the time, no rest, no sleep, no nothing. I absolutely loved The Girlfriend Experience, a wonderful experiment and smart movie that really captured something about the here and now. It’s only rival in that department last year was Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air.

I have yet to see The Informant but it looks like I have a DVD screener on the way to me, so I should see it in the coming days but wow.. to think he’s on his third different movie already after giving us the two epic Che movies last Christmas.

Just incredible.


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Michael Fassbender Spies for Soderbergh
Source:Edward Douglas, The Playlist
January 7, 2010

Irish actor Michael Fassbender has been a super busy guy in the past year, culminating with his role in Quentin Tarantino's hit WWII flick Inglourious Basterds, in which he played British undercover agent Lt. Archie Hicox.

Next week, he can be seen in Andrea Arnold's acclaimed indie drama Fish Tank, opening on Friday in select cities, and when ComingSoon.net sat down with him to talk about the movie, we learned what his schedule will be like over the next few months.

Although Fassbender's name has come up for a lot of different movie roles in recent months, one that hadn't been reported was his appearance in Steven Soderbergh's next movie, the previously announced spy thriller Knockout starring mixed martial arts fighter Gina Carano, which will start shooting at the beginning of February.

"I play this MI6 operative that meets up with the lead character, so it should be very interesting," he told us earlier. "I'm very excited to work with him. He's a legend."

After that, Fassbender will play Rochester in Cary (Sin Nombre) Fukunaga's take on Charlotte Brönte's Jane Eyre, followed by him taking on the guise of psychiatrist Carl Jung in David Cronenberg's adaptation of Christopher Hampton's 2002 stageplay The Talking Cure, in which he'll finally be able to act with his Basterds co-star Christoph Waltz, since they never had any scenes together.

In related news, The Playlist has learned that Ewan McGregor, Dennis Quaid and Michael Douglas have joined the Knockout cast as well. You can click here to learn more about the characters they play.

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Soderbergh Rounds Out a Knockout Cast
By Travis Leamons - January 7, 2010

When I first heard about Soderbergh’s action spy project, I was like “meh.” I mean the lead star is a non-actress/mixed martial arts champion Gina Carano. Yet Soderbergh promised that she would be surrounded by credible actors with recognizable names. Today, The Playlist discovered that Ewan McGregor, Dennis Quaid, Michael Douglas and Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds) have joined the principal cast.

Originally, the story was to be about a tough girl from the wrong side of the tracks who uses her special set of skills for constructive purposes. Now the story is much more akin to a revenge pic where Mallory Kane (Carano), who is a black ops super soldier, is double crossed by a team member and must uncover who set her up to take the fall.

As to which of these actors is the one who betrayed Carano’s character, take your pick. It could be any of them, or maybe it’s an actor who hasn’t been named. All that is known at this point is that Michael Douglas will play the government figure (think Chris Cooper or Brian Cox in the Bourne series). Fassbender and another unnamed actor will play members of her commando squad, and McGregor will be the one overseeing the Blackwater-type private military complex that Carano’s character is employed at. There’s no word on who Dennis Quaid will play.

I must say that the additions have swayed my interest in the project. We know Douglas and Quaid worked with Soderbergh on his Academy Award-winning film, Traffic. Michael Fassbender has become a hot property after the success of Basterds. Up next for him is Jonah Hex and Neil Marshall’s Centurion. Ewan McGregor is seeing a welcomed return to the big action vehicle, after taking a break from the genre for half a decade.

Now where the project really gets interesting is hearing Soderbergh talk about the elements the film would be comprised of. We got La Femme Nikita, the Jason Bourne films, From Russia with Love, and John Boorman’s take on Richard Stark’s pulp novel The Hunter (filmed as Point Blank with Lee Marvin). But the best part is that for this action thriller it will not share the same Paul Greengrass vibe as The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. Thank God.

Oh, and Lem Dobbs, who wrote Soderbergh’s The Limey, is responsible for the screenplay. Very nice. (It’s been awhile since I’ve watched Terrence Stamp seeking vengeance on Peter Fonda, but Soderbergh’s choice to use Ken Loach’s Poor Cow as flashback footage of Stamp was a nice creative touch.)

Lionsgate is eyeing an August release. If that holds true, methinks it will be either August 20 or August 27.

So what do you guys think? Is this just another filmmaker trying to copy the success of the Jason Bourne films (sort of like all those Gladiator wannabees trying to capture the magic of the Oscar winner)? The additions make the project a little easier to swallow and anytime you have a filmmaker wanting to recreate the vibe of Point Blank I’m all for it.

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Friday, January 8, 2010
Douglas, McGregor, Fassbender, Quaid in for a "Knockout"

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Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender and Dennis Quaid are in talks to join Steven Soderbergh's spy movie "Knockout," which will be martial artist Gina Carano's debut movie.

Lem Dobbs ("Romancing the Stone," "Dark City") wrote the screenplay which centers on a female spy (Carano) working for a Blackwater-style security contractor who is betrayed by her one-time confidant and owner of the company (McGregor). She then teams up with a British agent (Fassbender) and an American executive (Douglas) of McGregor’s company who works with her to take down the company.

Shooting is scheduled to begin in February in several locations around the world.

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http://gawker.com/5443351/hot-dudes-in-martial-arts-film-michael-fassbender-ewan-mcgregor-michael-douglas

Hot Dudes in Martial Arts Film: Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas

Hunka hunka burnin' Hiiii-ya! Now that that is out of our system we bring you good news: All three of these guys will be starring in "Knockout," a spy movie starring Gina Carano, a freaking mixed martial artist.

The film, directed by Steven Soderbergh, centers on Carano as an employee for a "Blackwater-style security contractor who is betrayed by one of her teammates." Topical! Douglas is an American executive, McGregor owns the contracting firm and Fassbender (who was pretty great in "Inglorious Basterds") will be a British spy. In closing: HIIIII-YA! [THR]

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Re: Another new project!

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http://www.thedubliner.ie/the_dubliner_magazine/2010/01/coming-to-a-dublin-street-near-you.html

January 07, 2010
Coming to a Dublin street near you

Fassbender + Soderbergh + Douglas + McGregor + Quaid = Fun Times

News that Steven Soderbergh was making a movie starring a female Mixed Martial Arts (that one where they get into a cage and do bad things to each other) fighter is unlikely to make you very excited.

News that Steven Soderbergh is to make that movie in Dublin is likely to make you pretty excited.

News that Steven Soderbergh is to make that movie in Dublin with Michael Douglas, Denis Quaid and Ewan McGregor is likely to make you just excited. In general.

And the news that Steven Soderbergh is to make that movie in Dublin with those other guys AND MICHAEL FASSBENDER is likely to make you super very excited. If you are a female who works in our office anyway.

The movie's going to be called Knockout and starts shooting early next month apparently. It's meant to be a bit like Taken and Nikita and Point Blank. We had you at Fassbender though, right?

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Re: Another new project!

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http://gordonandthewhale.com/soderberghs-knockout-cast-list-is-a-heavy-hitter/

Soderbergh’s KNOCKOUT cast list is a heavy-hitter
by: John Mulhern
January 7th, 2010

Steven Soderbergh is a director that people really like, and his filmography shows exactly why. We told you about KNOCKOUT back in September, now we are starting to get a little more info about the project. One thing we found out was who the cast is, before all we knew was that mixed martial arts fighter Gina Carano would be the lead.

Joining Carano will be Dennis Quaid, Michael Fassbender, Michael Douglas, and Ewan McGregor. Lots of big names to back her up might just help this movie out a lot. Not to mention all the experience Soderbergh has with ensemble casts, as he directed OCEAN’S 11 and its sequels.

Although the cast is great and Fassbender is really awesome, I feel a little skeptical. Soderbergh is a really talented director, but I’m going to wait ’till we see more from this movie. Now that we have the principal cast, more information should start to come out.

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Re: Another new project!

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http://moviemartin.blogspot.com/2010/01/do-it-ewan-moulin-rouge-s-ewan-mcgregor.html

Friday, January 08, 2010

Do It, Ewan!

Moulin Rouge!'s Ewan McGregor is in talks to join Steven Soderbergh’s Knockout.

Do it, Ewan, do it!

Also negotiating to come on board are Michael Douglas, Dennis Quaid, and one of my favorite guys to spot in movies (because he’s so gosh darn handsome), Inglourious Basterds’ Michael Fassbender (get on the Google!).

The film, scheduled to start shooting in Feburary, will mark the feature debut of mixed martial arts star Gina Carano.

But back to McGregor, who will be seen this winter in I Love You Phillip Morris with Jim Carrey: Do it, Ewan, do it! Life is better when you’re on screen.

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Re: Another new project!

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http://hollywood-spy.blogspot.com/2010/01/michael-fassbender-and-ewan-mcgregor-in.html

Saturday, January 9, 2010
MICHAEL FASSBENDER AND EWAN MCGREGOR IN STEVEN SODERBERGH'S NEW ACTION MOVIE
Although I don't care much about Michael Douglas nor about martial arts and action movies, I do care a great deal about Michael Fassbender and Ewan McGregor who have just joined mister Douglas and mixed martial arts fighter Gina Carano in Steven Soderbergh's new movie "Knockout".

According to "Movieweb" it will be a revenge action-spy thriller following Mallory Kane (Carano), a black ops super soldier, who, double crossed by someone on her own team, seeks to uncover who has set her up to take the fall for a job that goes bad and involves a murder. Douglas will play a government official, Fassbender will portray a member of Carano's special forces team and McGregor will play the owner of a training facility that Carano's character belongs to.

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Re: Another new project!

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Channing Tatum Joining Dennis Quaid and Ewan McGregor in Steven Soderbergh’s Knockout

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Hollywood’s “it” boy, Channing Tatum has landed himself another high-profile gig, this time starring in Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming spy thriller KNOCKOUT. The film, which actually stars Gina Carano in the lead role, is about a black ops spy that gets betrayed. Carano is actually a mixed martial artist and not an actress, so it looks like Soderbergh s trying what he did with Sasha Grey in THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE. The film will start shooting in February for a release later this year. Michael Douglas and Michael Fassbender have also joined the cast, with Antonio Banderas in talks as well.

I have a lot of respect for Soderbergh’s “anti-system” way of making movies, but we’ve had so many spy-betrayal-movies over the past several years that I wish he would have taken a different route with it. Is every spy betrayed at some point in their career? Surely there are spies that do their jobs and collect regular paychecks like everyone else.

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Re: Another new project!

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http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Channing-Tatum-And-Antonio-Banderas-Also-Joining-Knockout-16493.html

Channing Tatum And Antonio Banderas Also Joining Knockout
By Katey Rich: 2010-01-10 10:54:53

Channing Tatum And Antonio Banderas Also Joining Knockout Over the course of just a few days, Steven Soderbergh's Knockout has gone from yet another one of his under-the-radar projects to a star-studded spectacle. Late last week we told you what Michael Fassbender had to say about his role in the film, in addition to the news that Ewan McGregor, Dennis Quaid and Michael Douglas had also joined the film. Now The Playlist has once again gotten a casting scoop, announcing that Channing Tatum and Antonio Banderas are also on board.

Apparently in touch with a very well-connected source, The Playlist has extensive details about the roles each actor will play alongside cagefighter Gina Carano, in the lead role as black ops spy who is betrayed by her team.

Tatum will play one of the elite specialists on Carano's team named Aaron — a military gearhead-type who's sent to try and bring her back in once she's been double-crossed and gone rogue; trying to figure out who exactly is setting her up. But there is no love lost between the characters which makes his mission more difficult. But we're told the role is actually relatively small in the scope of things.

While everyone is on the same side initially, Knockout"features a lot of duplicity, double crosses and even reversals of allegiances. Fassbender plays an untrustworthy teammate, Douglas ultimately proves to be an ally and McGregor, the owner of the Blackwater-type special ops team (and once a romantic interest to the lead) is instrumental in trying to make Carano's character, Mallory Kane take the fall for an incident that goes wrong and involves a murder. Dennis Quaid plays her father.

Banderas, additionally, would play the head of a black-ops European unit. It's hugely exciting to see Soderbergh pulling together a cast this gigantic, and not made up of usual suspects like Matt Damon or George Clooney (though Michael Douglas is obviously an old friend). Even though Tatum's role is apparently fairly small, the actor seems well poised to break out of his standard meathead parts, and working with Soderbergh isn't a bad way to get there.

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Re: Another new project!

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http://theplaylist.blogspot.com/2010/01/exclusive-channing-tatum-joins.html

1/09/2010
Exclusive: Channing Tatum Joins Soderbergh's 'Knockout'; Antonio Banderas In Talks To Join Cast

Alright, the final piece of the puzzle has arrived.

Channing Tatum has joined the cast of Steven Soderbergh's action-revenge spy thriller "Knockout" which will star Mixed Martial Arts champion and non-act0r Gina Carano in the lead role of a black ops spy that is betrayed by her team.

Meanwhile, a last minute addition to the cast is in the works. Antonio Banderas is in talks to join the cast playing the head of a Black-ops European unit.

On Thursday, we exclusively revealed that Michael Douglas, Dennis Quaid, Ewan McGregor and Michael Fassbender ("Inglourious Basterds," "Hunger") had all joined the cast in supporting roles.

Tatum will play one of the elite specialists on Carano's team named Aaron — a military gearhead-type who's sent to try and bring her back in once she's been double-crossed and gone rogue; trying to figure out who exactly is setting her up. But there is no love lost between the characters which makes his mission more difficult. But we're told the role is actually relatively small in the scope of things.

While everyone is on the same side initially, "Knockout" features a lot of duplicity, double crosses and even reversals of allegiances. Fassbender plays an untrustworthy teammate, Douglas ultimately proves to be an ally and McGregor, the owner of the Blackwater-type special ops team (and once a romantic interest to the lead) is instrumental in trying to make Carano's character, Mallory Kane take the fall for an incident that goes wrong and involves a murder. Dennis Quaid plays her father.

Tatum might seem like an odd choice with that cast -- initially -- but it's a fight film as much as it is a realistic spy/action film and he obviously has experience in that field. The "G.I. Joe" actor actually relentlessly pursued this project and after working with Kevin MacDonald on "The Eagle of the Ninth," and it appears he's eager to work with strong filmmaking talents.

Anecdotally, "Knockout" went out to several key action male stars, but several of them were not very comfortable in a supporting role where a woman beats them senseless. Tatum will likely shoot his role in two or three weeks and then be whisked off to start production on Dito Montiel's "Son of No One" starring Robert Deniro in March (if everything goes according to plan on that particular project). Montiel directed Tatum in the 2009 film, "Fighting" and "A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints."

David Holmes, the composer behind Soderbergh's "Oceans 11-13" series and "Out Of Sight" will be writing the score. It'll be interesting to see what he comes up with. Spy films aren't exactly known for their funky scores, that is unless he's going for a '70s Bond vibe (which would be pretty fresh).

Soderbergh is currently location scouting as we speak and Turkey is now officially off the locale plan due to poor tax incentives. The film will now be primarily shot in Barcelona, Dublin and New Mexico. The picture is set to start shooting in February and Lionsgate hopes to have the film in theaters for August. That seems fast, but the filmmaker is rather notorious for the speed in which he shoots and edits. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, making this date is definitely feasible.

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Re: Another new project!

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Tatum And Banderas Join Soderbergh’s KNOCKOUT. Holmes To Write The Score
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Just this past week, we heard about additional cast that have signed on for Steven Soderberg-directed KNOCKOUT, a bunch of famous male actors who are going to make the lead star, MMA hottie fighter Gina Carano, look more kick-ass than she already does. Now The Playlist got some more info, Channing Tatum has joined the cast and Antonio Banderas is in talks to join this spy/revenge thriller project as well..

Let’s do a quick role roundup, just to refresh our memories, plus now we get to know a bit more about the characters

Gina Carano plays Mallory Kane, a tough girl a solid background and was raised around military honor and academia. She leaves the military to go to work for a Blackwater-esque company to make better money and then is eventually betrayed by one of her teammates. She seeks to uncover who has set her up to take the fall for a job that goes bad and involves a murder.
Michael Douglas plays a government figure who ultimately proves to be an ally
Ewan McGregor plays the owner of the Blackwater-type special ops team (and once a romantic interest to the lead) is involved in making Kane take the fall
Michael Fassbender plays a member of Kane’s commando spy unit, an untrustworthy teammate.
Dennis Quaid plays Kane’s father.
Channing Tatum will play one of the elite specialists on Carano’s team named Aaron, “a military gearhead-type who’s sent to try and bring her back in once she’s been double-crossed and gone rogue; trying to figure out who exactly is setting her up”.
Antonio Banderas will play the head of a Black-ops European unit.

The composer of Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven movies, David Holmes, will be writing the score. Turkey is now NOT part of the location plan anymore. Fiming will take place primarily in Barcelona, Dublin and New Mexico. Production is expected to start in February and Lionsgate wants KNOCKOUT to hit theaters for August.
Here’s a funny fact that the website discovered.. turns out, all those male supporting roles were initially offered to several action movie stars but guess what.. “they were not very comfortable in a supporting role where a woman beats them senseless” Damn those action stars go too much pride.

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Re: Another new project!

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http://www.rte.ie/arts/2010/0111/fassbenderm.html

Irish star joins Soderbergh film

Irish actor Michael Fassbender has joined the cast of 'Knockout', the new spy thriller from 'Ocean's Eleven' and 'Traffic' director Steven Soderbergh.

The Hollywood Reporter says that the film tells the story of a private security agent (mixed-martial arts star Gina Carano) who is betrayed by one of her colleagues.

Fassbender will play a British agent who teams up with her but is shown to be untrustworthy.
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Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas and Dennis Quaid are in negotiations to join the film, which goes into production next month.

The German-born and Kerry-raised Fassbender was most recently seen on cinema screens in 'Inglourious Basterds' and 'Fish Tank'.

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Re: Another new project!

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http://www.collider.com/2010/01/27/bill-paxton-replaces-dennis-quaid-in-steven-soderberghs-knockout-mathieu-kassovitz-joins-cast/

Bill Paxton Replaces Dennis Quaid in Steven Soderbergh’s KNOCKOUT; Mathieu Kassovitz Joins Cast
by Ramses Flores Posted:January 27th, 2010 at 11:58 am

According to The Playlist, Bill Paxton has now replaced Dennis Quaid in director Steven Soderbergh’s (Ocean’s Eleven, The Informant!) upcoming action-spy-thriller, Knockout. The film stars MMA fighter Gina Carano as a black ops specialist who goes on the run once she’s been double crossed and framed by her own teammates. Quaid was going to be playing the role Carano’s father but had to bow out due to scheduling conflicts with his upcoming film Soul Surfer.

The Playlist also reports that French actor and director Mathieu Kassovitz (Amelie) has also joined his cast, but his role in the film is still unknown. Kassovirz and Paxton will now join the pretty impressive ensemble cast which includes Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas, Michael Angarano, and Michael Fassbender.

I love Dennis Quaid and he was great last time when he teamed up with Soderbergh on Traffic, but I really love me some Bill Paxton and it’s always great to see him on screen again. Knockout starts filming Monday in Dublin and the wait to see what Soderbergh has planned for this one shouldn’t be that long since the film is set to be released sometime later on this year.

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http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=26854

Bill Paxton Joins Soderbergh's Knockout
But it's game over, man for Dennis Quaid
Source: The Playlist
Bill Paxton Joins Soderbergh's Knockout

Curse those pesky scheduling issues - Dennis Quaid is having to drop out of Steven Soderbergh's latest, Knockout, because he can't figure out time in his diary thanks to a prior commitment to Soul Surfer, which Kevin Sorbo* is directing. So Soderbergh is negotiating with Bill Paxton to replace him.

Knockout, as you'll likely know by now, will star mixed martial artist Gina Carano as a black ops soldier on the run after she's double crossed. If he signs (and it looks like he will), Paxton will take over the role of her father.

And that's not all the new casting info. According to The Playlist, Mathieu Kassovitz has also joined the film in an undisclosed role.

He's just one more for a sprawling cast that already includes Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor, Channing Tatum, Antonio Banderas, Michael Fassbender and Michael Angaro. And Grover from Sesame Street. Kidding - just checking you were still playing attention.

Soderbergh will be hoping nothing else changes now - he starts shooting early next week in Dublin.

*Yes, we're aware this means that Quaid has chosen to stick with a film directed by TV's former Hercules instead of working with Steven Soderbergh. But Soul Surfer follows the true story of a Florida teen whose arm is snacked upon by a shark, so you can see his reasoning. Still, KEVIN SORBO?
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Re: Another new project!

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http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118014392.html?categoryId=28&cs=1

Pair set for 'Knockout'
Banderas, Paxton join Soderbergh film
By DAVE MCNARY

Antonio Banderas and Bill Paxton are joining the cast of Steven Soderbergh's action-thriller "Knockout" opposite martial arts champ Gina Carano.

Ewan McGregor and Michael Fassbender have been announced previously as cast members.

Relativity Media's fully financing with Lionsgate distributing domestically and representing the film internationally. Gregory Jacobs and Ryan Kavanaugh are producing with Tucker Tooley exex producing.

"Knockout" marks the screen starring debut of Carano, portraying a top-level private security operative who's convinced she's been betrayed by her boss and the government and goes on the run to prove her suspicions are true.

Paxton will portray her father and Banderas will play a foreign operative drawn into the mission of revenge.

Script was written by Lem Dobbs, who previously worked with Soderbergh on "The Limey" and "Kafka."

Soderbergh's most recent project was "The Informant."

Banderas recently completed "The Big Bang" and "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. Paxton's in his fourth season on "Big Love."

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