Halle Berry is stepping into the role of director for the first time and she will be doing so with an MMA flick.
On Sept. 11, 2018, Deadline reported that Berry is set to direct and star in “Bruised,” a mixed martial arts action drama. She will play the role of Jackie, aka Justice, a former fighter who has fallen on difficult times.
The plot will follow Jackie has she deals with personal issues, including dealing with the 6-year-old she walked out on earlier in life, and attempts a comeback in the cage. This could be the biggest opportunity in her MMA career.
The Academy Award-winning actress has starred in over 40 films, but makes her directing debut at the age of 52. According to Cageside Press, Berry appears to be in great shape, preparing for her role in “John Wick 3” and she has been seen training in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in preparation for her role as Jackie “Justice” in “Bruised.”
Basil Iwanyk will produce “Bruised.” Berry is working with him on the production of “John Wick 3: Parabellum.” The fight choreographers from the John Wick franchise will also be part of the “Bruised” project.
Production for “Bruised” begins March 2019.
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By Jeanette Smith
MMA Fighting: Halle Berry set to direct and star in MMA-themed film ‘Bruised’
Cageside Press: Halle Berry Set to Direct, Star in MMA Themed Film “Bruised”