Edmonton Sun - - ENT-SHOWBIZ - By Mark Daniell

Mark Wahlberg’s new ac­tion movie Mile 22 fea­tures a lot of ass-kick­ing, and a lot of it comes cour­tesy of WWE star Ronda Rousey.

Wahlberg plays the leader of a se­cre­tive branch of the CIA who is tasked with trans­port­ing a for­eign as­set (Iko uwais) with top se­cret in­tel to an ex­trac­tion point. He’s aided in his job by alice (The Walk­ing Dead’s Lau­ren Con­rad) and Sam (Rousey).

But the 47-year-old ac­tor thinks that fans of Rousey’s ca­reer, which went from the 2008 Olympics to the UFC will be sur­prised at her dra­matic trans­for­ma­tion.

“With Ronda, I think peo­ple ex­pect her to be Ronda and just beat the crap out of ev­ery­one. But her dra­matic per­for­mance is one of the great sur­prises of the movie,” Wahlberg says.

WWE star Ronda Rousey.

Rousey as tac­ti­cal ex­pert Sam Snow.

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