So, when it comes to the Road House remake starring Jake Gyllenhaal, I’ve decided to be nice…until it’s time to not be nice. Dalton would be proud of me. Following the poster debut yesterday, along with news that director Doug Liman is boycotting its SXSW premiere, the first official trailer for the MMA-fueled remake of Rowdy Herrington’s barroom-brawling classic has arrived, and it looks pretty good.
The gist is the same, with a twist. Inspired more by the octagon than the WWE, this Road House stars Gyllenhaal as Elwood Dalton, an ex-MMA fighter who takes a job as a bouncer at a dangerous roadhouse in the Florida Keys where things are not what they seem. The film also stars Daniela Melchior, Billy Magnussen, Jessica Williams, Conor McGregor, and more.
While Gyllenhaal’s character isn’t quite as zen as Patrick Swayze’s version of Dalton, he still rocks the same “Pain don’t hurt” armchair philosophy. In the original movie, it was wrestling legend Terry Funk who played the big bad bruiser, but it’s McGregor who will fill the heater role this time, and he looks absolutely perfect for it.
Here’s the synopsis: In this adrenaline-fueled reimagining of the 80s cult classic, ex-UFC fighter Dalton (Jake Gyllenhaal) takes a job as a bouncer at a Florida Keys roadhouse, only to discover that this paradise is not all it seems.
Road House hits Prime Video exclusively on March 21st.