Steven Soderbergh has tapped Gina Carano, the mixed martial arts fighter known to some as Crush on NBC’s 2008 reboot of American Gladiators, as the lead in his next film, the spy thriller Knockout. According to Variety, Soderbergh envisions it as a Bond-like action movie in which Carano will star as a woman from the “wrong side of the tracks” who gets a second chance to use her ass-kicking skills for good. The trade says the director discovered her on the fight circuit, but we suspect he also saw the video below of her and fellow Gladiator Wolf taking on Annie Barrett (a.k.a Fuel) and Michael Slezak (a.k.a. Cupcake) in our three-part Office Gladiators challenge. Perhaps he even made her reenact the “Catching Candy” event as her audition?

I think we’re due for another female action hero. Do you think Carano’s the one?