WWE superstars are starring in movies all over the place right now, and I’m not talking about the usual suspects of Dwayne Johnson, John Cena, and Dave Bautista. Fightful Select reports that Charlotte Flair, daughter of the legendary Ric Flair, and Liv Morgan are set to star in a movie about trailblazing wrestler Mildred Burke.
The currently-untitled film (although I’ve heard it may be titled “Millie”) is set to star Arrow actress Emily Bett Rickards as Mildred Burke, based on the book Queen of the Ring by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeff Lean. Burke was a three-time world champion who became a major force in the growth of women’s wrestling from the 1930s through the 1950s, when she held the NWA World Women’s Championship for nearly two decades. She was posthumously named to the WWE Hall of Fame.
Flair will play fellow groundbreaking wrestler June Byers, with Morgan as 1940s wrestler-turned-actor Clara Mortensen. Both Flair and Morgan have their share of experience acting in front of the camera. Flair had a role in Psych: The Movie, while Morgan recently filmed the upcoming horror The Kill Room.
Others in the cast include Josh Lucas as Burke’s husband and promoter, Billy Wolfe, with Marie Avgeropoulous as Wilma “Babe” Gordon. The film is written and directed by Ash Avildsen.
The timing on this is pretty convenient, too. Flair is once again taking time off after losing her Smackdown Women’s Championship to Rhea Ripley at WrestleMania. Morgan recently suffered an injury and is out of action, having been stripped of her Women’s Tag Team Championship.
This news follows behind news that former WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins has a villainous role in Captain America: New World Order.