HALLE BERRY To Star & Direct The MMA Action-Drama BRUISED

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UPDATE: Looks like BRUISED will be making a major facelift as HALLE BERRY (John Wick 3: Parabellum) has been announced to take over the lead role from Blake Lively. Not only will Berry be starring in the film but she is also set to make her directorial debut behind the camera. The previously announced director Nick Cassavetes is no longer attached to the project.

‘John Wick’ producer Basil Iwanyk of Thunder Road Pictures will be producing alongside Entertainment 360 and Linda Gottlieb. The fight choreography/stunt team from ‘John Wick’ is also on-board for ‘Bruised’, which means we can expect some hardcore action from the 87eleven Action Design crew.

Berry will portray “Jackie “Justice,” a disgraced MMA fighter who has failed at the one thing she’s ever been good at – fighting. When 6-year-old Manny, the son she walked out on years ago, returns to her doorstep, Jackie has to conquer her own demons, face one of the fiercest rising stars of the MMA world, and ultimately fight to become the mother this kid deserves.”

Production is set to roll next year in March.

SOURCE: Deadline

Coming off of her box office hit ‘The Shallows’, BLAKE LIVELY (Green Lantern) is about to take the action from the ocean to the MMA octagon in the upcoming action drama BRUISED.

Directed by NICK CASSAVETES (The Notebook), the film follows “Jackie, a single mother working two jobs and a disgraced MMA fighter who has been up against the ropes her entire life. When the authorities threaten to take her young son away from her, she must get back in the cage for one last chance to fight for redemption and give her son the life she always wanted.”

Lets hope this project gives us the same mix of awesome MMA action and engaging drama ala 2011’s fantastic MMA film ‘Warrior’ starring Tom Hardy.

Expect more casting to be announced soon. Do not be surprise if some real MMA fighters gets featured in the film. Here’s hoping they call up Gina Carano (Fast & Furious 6), who recently worked with Lively’s real life husband Ryan Reynolds in last year’s smash hit ‘Deadpool’.

Stay tuned for more info.

SOURCE: Deadline

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