Daniel Cormier and Gina Rodriguez are set to star in the television adaptation of Warrior, which is currently in the works on Paramount+

Daniel Cormier is ready to add another job to his growing resume.

The UFC Hall of Famer is in talks to star in the upcoming TV adaptation of the mixed martial arts film warrior by director Gavin O’Connor, who is developing the project for Lionsgate and Paramount+.

Cormier is cast on the side as one of the main fighters in the series Jane the maiden Star Gina Rodriguez, who is being courted as one of four fighters on the series.

O’Connor is developing the project, which he will serve as showrunner while also directing the 10-episode series, with Adair Cole also serving as co-showrunner and executive producer.

Released 2011, warrior told the story of two brothers – Tommy and Brendan Conlon – played by Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton, who end up competing in the same MMA tournament hoping to win the grand prize. The siblings compete in the finals, with their father Paddy (Nolte) coaching Tommy along the way.

The film received overwhelmingly positive reviews upon its release, culminating in Nolte receiving a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the Academy Awards for his role.

“Over the years I have been approached by Lionsgate warrior as a TV series and I’ve honestly never been interested in it,” O’Connor told Deadline. “During the pandemic, I was in a different mood and they said, ‘Someone came in with an interesting attitude, Adair Cole,’ and I listened to it and liked it. There was really interesting stuff in there. I started sketching characters, explaining what he had and splicing genes, and I called him after the holidays and said, ‘I’m in. I think I want to do that.’ We started figuring out the characters. What I said to Adair and Lionsgate, who weren’t on the pitch, is that this is about the fight for life.

“I didn’t want to do anything about fights in a cage. That wasn’t the film I made, it’s about a struggle for life. We’re going to have two women and two men, we’re going to follow them through 10 episodes and involve the audience in their journeys and eventually they’re going to face each other. As in my film, I tried to challenge the audience: where are your allegiances? Where are your sympathies? Who are you cheering for? When I engage the audience in the stakes of each character’s life outside of the cage, which I call the life struggle, people become invested in the stakes. That’s the heart and soul of the show.”

Back in 2020 when O’Connor was promoting his film the way backin which Ben Affleck starred, he spoke to MMA Fighting about what was made warrior such a captivating movie.

According to O’Connor, it all came down to authenticity, and apparently he’s sticking to that formula by working with someone like Cormier on the TV version of warrior.

“Credibility is everything,” O’Connor said. “You could just smell it. I’ve grown up playing sports my whole life so I can smell something that doesn’t feel real or honest.

“For me, I wanted to write my own declaration of love for the sport [of MMA] because i love it so much. I was just hoping that I wouldn’t fail every day.”

O’Connor also revealed that Cormier’s character will be a recently retired fighter who won both the heavyweight and light heavyweight titles, but he’s now dealing with the fallout of losing his wife to cancer and as a single father with huge debts be faced from medical bills.

Of course, Cormier actually retired from the UFC in 2020 and has since worked as a color commentator for the promotion while also working for ESPN as well as his own YouTube channel. Now he will add the leading man to his accolades as one of the leading man of the new warrior Adjustment.

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