Last year, there were (Ric Flair-fueled) rumors about Hollywood being very interested in Charlotte Flair. They weren’t all hype from her proud papa, and there was more to them than just an appearance on a Punky Brewster streaming reboot, too.
Deadline reports that The Queen could be the lead in a new project that’s script was recently sold to NBCUniversal’s USA Network. WWE Studios is among the production companies attached to the project, and that’s not the only wrestling tie. It’s a new iteration of Walking Tall, the 1973 Joe Don Baker thriller that was remade in 2004 with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the lead role.
For this version, Flair “will play a Tucson cop who finds herself caught in a web of fraud, exploitation and murder, and is forced to go full vigilante to protect her home town from falling victim to modern corruption.”
This new version of Walking Tall is from David Eick, a writer/producer who was involved in 2003 version of Battlestar Galactica and its spinoffs at another NBCUniversal network, SyFy. USA hopes to launch the Charlotte-led version of the property with a two-hour TV movie that can be spun into future installments, or even an ongoing series.
Flair’s acting experience is limited to the aforementioned Punky Brewster, and a role in USA’s Psych: The Movie. This would be a big step up, but as an action-heavy role would still play to her strengths and allow her to grow into a new type of entertaining. After all, there’s a reason it was among Johnson’s first films as a lead.
No telling yet if this will ever see the screen, but if it does - and especially if it’s successful enough to continue on - it would certainly mean a reduction in Flair’s WWE schedule.