Heist continued her DTV adventures, but at least she was surrounded by a surprisingly impressive cast including Robert De Niro, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Dave Bautista, Morris Chestnut, and Kate Bosworth.
But if you’re checking out Heist solely for Carano, feel free to skip this one. In Extraction, Carano had third billing after Bruce Willis and Kellan Lutz, but the movie was a bomb even by direct-to-video standards.
When tracking Carano’s career, it appears that her progression actually went backwards.
She was starring in theatrical films and then somehow she fell back into direct-to-video movies.
Angel Dust was created for the short-lived Morlocks comic book series, and then promptly written out of the X-Men related titles.
Her powers include super strength and enhanced speed.
Fellow MMA fighters Bob Sapp, Kimbo Slice, and Maurice Smith were also in the cast that was headlined by Michael Jai White.
In a way, it’s fitting that Carano is playing Angel Dust, a character so obscure that even Marvel fans barely have an idea about who she is!
That actually happened nine years ago, when “Fight Girls” made its debut. Carano was one of the mentors on the show, and “Fight Girls” turned out to be her first Hollywood credit.
And despite the early end of the show, “Fight Girls” still looks better on her resume than her two years on NBC’s “American Gladiators” revival.
She played Riley Hicks, the right-hand woman of DSS agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) and Carano had very memorable fight scenes with Michelle Rodriguez’s Letty Ortiz.
For reasons that become clear in the movie, Carano won’t be back for any further Fast & Furious sequels… If certain facts hadn’t come to light during Fast & Furious 6, Letty’s fight with Ronda Rousey’s Kara in Furious 7 could have been the dream MMA match that we’ll never see: Carano vs. While In the Blood once again put Carano in the leading role, it felt like a step backwards after Haywire and Fast & Furious 6.
In this film, Carano played Ava, a woman who attempted to find her husband, Derek (Cam Gigandet), after he went missing during their honeymoon in the Caribbean.