By Clark Collis
January 10, 2012 at 09:10 PM EST

As much as director Steven Soderbergh loves working with great actors, it is fair to say he didn’t book Gina Carano for his new action-thriller Haywire because of her ability to deliver lines of iambic pentameter. No, he cast the martial artist because of her ability to kick butt.

It is a skill Carano, who plays a betrayed black-ops super soldier, fully demonstrates on the person of Channing Tatum in the first five minutes of Haywire, a sequence which has just been put up on Hulu and which you can see below.

The scene also offers the first extended look at the fertile new partnership between Soderbergh and Tatum — one that will be on further, uh, display in the forthcoming male stripper movie, Magic Mike.

Take a look.

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