Jake Gyllenhaal and Conor McGregor trade vicious blows in high-octane trailer for Road House remake

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26 Jan 2024, 13:11

Jake Gyllenhaal and Conor McGregor in Road House (2024)

Credit: Prime Video

Hollywood meets the Octagon in the first trailer for the remake of 1989 classic Road House. 

A-list actor Jake Gyllenhaal will lead the high-impact action flick, which originally starred Patrick Swayze. Jake will play Dalton, a former UFC fighter, who is lured to a Florida Keys roadhouse to help keep out some unfavourable clientele. 

The Brokeback Mountain star will be joined by UFC champ Conor McGregor, who will make his feature film debut as antagonist Knox. 

The adrenaline pumping first-look trailer shows a down-on-his-luck Dalton, who is sleeping in his car while trying to rise through the ranks of the fighting organisation. 

He’s then approached by a bar owner who wants him to work for her roadhouse and expel the unsavoury drinkers who cause trouble - as well as Knox. He appears to be hired to take down Dalton, who is standing in the way of some pretty big business deals. 

“Dalton! I have a tip for you,” McGregor’s Knox tells Dalton. “Don’t let no one get this close” he instructs, before headbutting Dalton square in the face. 

Clearly over the moon at his big-screen debut, Conor shared the trailer to his X page and wrote: “Fighting, acting, there’s nothing this Mac can’t do! Here’s the trailer featuring my brother, Jake Gyllenhaal, and me going toe-to-toe in the wildest action movie ever – Road House! My acting debut is gonna leave a mark! Long live Knox!”

In the original Roadhouse, Swayze played the lead Dalton, who is lured from his job as a bouncer in New York to work as a ‘cooler’ at a roadside bar in Missouri. Life at the bar is anything but easy as he then helps to protect the small town from a corrupt businessman.

Despite becoming one of Swayze’s most memorable 80s roles, the film was originally given mixed-reviews on release, and made $61 million at the box office. 

Becoming something of a cult classic, Road House found life in the home-video market and streaming, grossing another £203million in VHS, and then DVD, Blu-ray and streaming service sales. 

Amazon Studios Head Jennifer Salke announced the remake in August 2022, and said at the time (via Variety): “Road House is a homerun for us. Not only is it a nod to fans of the original, but it is also a big, fun, broad audience movie.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Joel, Doug, and this great cast led by Jake Gyllenhaal, and for them to come together to reimagine the classic MGM film as an action-packed adventure for our global audience.”

Edge Of Tomorrow director Doug Liman will helm the new drama alongside the original producer, Joel Silver.

Roadhouse will land on Prime Video on 21st March.