Comic-Con: Gia Carano and John Cusack Bring on the Questions

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Lots of audience questions at Friday's Relativity panel for John Cusack's The Raven and Gia Carano's Haywire.

Haywire kicked it off with director Steven Soderbergh, and stars Gia Carano and Channing Tatum.   The film also stars Antonio Banderas, Michael Douglas, Bill Paxton, Ewan McGregor, and Michael Fassbender.

The audience was treated to the first-ever look at the new trailer, which highlights a multi-faceted story, including espionage, character study, father-daughter relationships, and criminal mischief.

The end of the trailer signaled a huge swell of applause from the audience and a ton of questions for the star, MMA star Gia Carano.

Soderbergh told the huge Hall H audience that he was excited to make this film with Carano after seeing her fight on TV.  He wanted to built a story around a real fighter - the stunts are real and the fighting is actually happening (choreographed of course) - no stunt people anywhere near them.

For Carano's part, she was eager to take on the role because it was an "adrenaline rush every day."

Director Steven Soderbergh and the Cast of Haywire

She also admits transitioning to acting, especially in a starring role, was much harder than she ever expected.

"It's definitely a skill and I don't think everyone's capable of doing it."

The story features a kind of cold-opening.  As an audience, we are catapulted right into the middle of the story with a scene featuring Carano and co-star Tatum.  The choreography of the fights were extremely detailed to ensure no one got hurt, but Tatum admits, "she kicked my ass."

Soderbergh also brought a special exclusive clip for the audience, featuring a fight scene between Carano and co-star Michael Fassbender.  The intense action sequence brought gasps and cheers from the audience throughout as Carano and Fassbender fought in a hotel room - bashing up against cabinets and struggling on the bed.

"Gina kicked all the guys asses," Tatum exclaimed after the clip ended to eager applause from Hall H.

And don't worry MMA fans, Carano is expected to fight again later this year.

Haywire is expected to hit theaters on August 5, 2011.

Next, we were treated to the always lovable John Cusack and his film, The Raven.  Set in the 1800's, the film focuses on bizarre murders based around the gothic novels of Edgar Allan Poe.

The audience got a look at the first-ever public trailer featuring Cusack as Allan Poe, Alice Eve, and Luke Evans.

The film, a fictionalized contruct of the last five days of Allan Poe's life, focuses on the world famous author with the huge ego.

The police initially suspect Poe as the murderer, but soon realize it is actually a copycat, using Poe's novels as inspiration.  Poe has to save the love of his life, played by Eve, when the murders hit too close to home.

Cusack stuck mostly to questions about the film, but received a ton of compliments from his adoring fans.

Cast of The Raven

He describes his research and relationship with the character he came to know, through his stories.

"He had unusual relationships with women," Cusack explained. "He was a rock star - women would swoon over him."

Cusack also talked a bit about what he's working on next, including his work on Paperboy with Lee Daniels.  He also revealed, it's not out of the question for him to work with his equally famous sister again (Joan Cusack).

Described by director James McTeigue as an "art movie and a popcorn movie" all in one, The Raven is still months away, set to hit theaters on March 9, 2011.

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