Cassavetes, who will also write the script, last directed a trio of ladies in 2014 comedy “The Other Woman,” starring Leslie Mann, Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton.
It’s unclear what kind of tone the film will have, but Rousey has proven adept at both action and comedy after showing off her UFC fighting chops in “Expendables 3” and “Furious 7,” as well as her lighter side in “Entourage” over the summer.
In the original film, Patrick Swayze played Dalton, a tough bouncer who is hired to clean up one of middle America’s rowdiest bars and ends up taking down one of its most corrupt individuals in the process.
“It is a great honor to play a part celebrating the life of a man that inspired so many,” Rousey previously said in a statement. “I promise to work incessantly to make sure this project is a tribute his family and fans can be proud of.”
Initial reaction from the public was mixed when her involvement was announced. Bringing the director of “The Notebook” on board probably didn’t ease the minds of those skeptical of the remake.