Emily Bett Rickards, Charlotte Flair, & Liv Morgan To Star In ‘Queen of the Ring’ Film Adaptation
With films like A24’s The Iron Claw and TV shows like Heels, the curtain is peeling back a bit in the world of professional wrestling. Now, as first reported by Fightful Select, a new project set in the world of women’s wrestling is in the works. Per the initial report, Arrow star Emily Bett Rickards is set to star in a currently untitled film alongside WWE superstars Charlotte Flair and Liv Morgan.
Yellowstone star Josh Lucas and The 100‘s Marie Avgeropoulous have been cast in the film as well. The feature is based on the 2009 book Queen of the Ring: Sex, Muscles, Diamonds, and the Making of an American Legend by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jeff Leen. Paradise City writer Ash Avildsen is on board to write and direct the feature with Aimee Schoof (Missing in America) and Isen Robbins (Tesla) executive producing. Legendary wrestling announcer Jim Ross is working behind the scenes on the film as well.
Queen of the Ring is a biography about the iconic Mildred Burke, who Rickards will portray in the film, the longest reigning champion of female wrestling. The story follows just how a petite midwesterner used her beauty and brawn to dominate America’s most masculine sport from the mid-1930s to the mid-1950s. Charlotte Flair and Liv Morgan will portray fellow wrestlers, June Byers and Clara Mortensen, respectively.
Emily Bett Rickards is best known for her role as Felicity Smoak on The CW series Arrow, her first television credit. She would go on to reprise the role in fellow Arrowverse shows like The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl. Since Arrow wrapped a few years back, Rickards has appeared in films like We Need to Talk and will next star in Autumn and the Black Jaguar. The daughter of the legendary 16-time World Champion Ric Flair, Charlotte Flair has held WWE Women’s Championships 14 times in her own right. Flair also touts acting roles in Psych: The Movie and the Peacock series Punky Brewster. Signing with the WWE in 2014, Liv Morgan is the subject of a feature-length documentary currently streaming on Peacock titled Liv Forever. The former Women’s Champion will soon star alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Maya Hawke in The Kill Room.
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