Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry will direct and star in a mixed martial arts themed film set to begin production next year, according to Deadline.
Entitled “Bruised,” the plot of the film centers on disgraced MMA fighter Jackie Justice, who is played by Berry. “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,” according the Deadline report.
The movie marks Berry’s directorial debut and will include the team that does the fight choreography for the John Wick films. Production for the film is expected to begin in March.
“Bruised” will be produced by Basil Iwanyk (of John Wick fame), along with Entertainment 360 and Linda Gottlieb. Berry, who won an Oscar for best actress in “Monster’s Ball,” is repped by WME, the company that bought the UFC in 2016.