Gina Carano Crushes Her Way Into All-Female 'Expendables'

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Gina Carano is the first to take the leap.

Producer Adi Shankar seems serious about making what would be a dream come true for every action fan on the planet, and he's taken the first step toward making the proposed all-female riff on "The Expendables" a reality: He's gotten the former MMA champion to star in it, according to Variety.

Carano (who was known as 'Crush' on "American Gladiators") is the first of hopefully many "action-oriented actresses" to officially sign on to the project. For Shenkar, having the "Haywire" star involved was a no-brainer.

"I don't know how I'm supposed to make a movie that is supposed to be the female version of 'The Expendables' without Gina Carano in it. It would be like making Twix without caramel or Jamba Juice without jamba," said Shankar, who recently co-produced "The Grey," "Dredd 3D" and the upcoming "Killing Them Softly" under his 1984 Private Defense Contractors banner (which could the name of an action movie in and of itself).

Carano made her leading lady debut earlier this year as a rogue secret agent who goes around punching, kicking and shooting a variety of enemies in Steven Soderbergh's "Haywire." She's currently filming "The Fast and the Furious 6" (which we hope features a scene in which she beats up both Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel at the same time) and is also attached to director John Stockwell's "Taken"-esque thriller, "In the Blood."

Here's hoping that news of Carano's involvement in the all-female "Expendables" (which someone needs to give at least a working title to, pronto) jumpstarts a whole slew of exciting casting announcements for what will probably prove to be one of the most highly anticipated action movies ever. Bring it!