Stop us should you’ve heard this MMA film plot earlier than.
A former fighter has fallen from grace and is completed with the game, however will get put able to need to make a comeback – towards the percentages – and struggle again to glory. Typically, there’s underground preventing concerned, and oftentimes household drama.
On the floor, from the appears to be like of the brand new trailer for “Bruised,” that’s precisely what we’re going to get. But there are some twists on this one that may set it other than the slew of others.
The predominant character in “Bruised” – Jackie Justice – is a lady, for starters. And this isn’t a straight-to-DVD B-movie, both. It had its premiere on the Toronto International Film Festival a 12 months in the past and it’ll drop on Netflix subsequent month. It options UFC girls’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko and seems to have its climax within the Invicta cage.
And if all that wasn’t sufficient to offer it some cred, it stars and was directed by Halle Berry.
Netflix’s official tagline says this: “Years after a humiliating defeat, an MMA fighter grabs one last shot at redemption when the young son she left behind comes back into her life.”
If you want a refresher on Ms. Berry, she is the one Black winner in historical past of the Best Actress award on the Oscars. She received for “Monster’s Ball” 20 years in the past. She additionally has an Emmy, Golden Globe and two Screen Actors Guild awards in her trophy case.
Her resume consists of Storm in three X-Men motion pictures; she was a Bond lady in “Die Another Day”; she performed Catwoman in a standalone Batman spinoff; and going into the way-back machine, she was in Spike Lee’s “Jungle Fever” and had an on-screen romance with Eddie Murphy in “Boomerang” within the early ’90s. More lately, the 55-year-old Cleveland native was within the “Kingsman” sequel in 2017 and “John Wick: Chapter 3” in 2019.
To be sure, Berry is a silver display screen all-time nice. But she’s additionally been a longtime MMA fan and has been cageside at loads of UFC occasions. In February 202, she was readily available to cheer for Shevchenko at UFC 247 in Houston. While there, she met Amanda Nunes, too – who has a task in “Bruised,” in line with IMDB.
Berry wasn’t at all times connected to “Bruised.” It initially was going to star Blake Lively and was going to be directed by Nick Cassavetes. Three years in the past, Berry signed on for her directorial debut and took over the lead function, as properly.
She labored with a number of distinguished fighters coaching for the movie – and there’s been some controversy connected to that, as properly. Current Bellator fighter Cat Zingano sued Berry in August. According to the go well with, Berry wished Zingano within the movie. When Zingano obtained a UFC struggle provide whereas she nonetheless was with the promotion, Berry advised her she needed to choose the struggle or the film for insurance coverage causes. Zingano picked the film – and the UFC subsequently launched her. Not lengthy after that, the go well with says, Berry advised her she was out of the film – as a result of she was not within the UFC.
From the appears to be like of the trailer, Berry’s character fights her manner again to the purpose she will get to face a personality performed by Shevchenko in an Invicta struggle, giving the plot, which to make certain has been carried out earlier than, some additional cache.
(Oh, and in case you’re questioning, it appears to be only a coincidence Berry’s character in “Bruised” is “Jackie Justice,” and Berry was married to former baseball standout David Justice from 1993-1997.)
Check out the trailer for “Bruised” within the video above. It will get its launch on Netflix on Nov. 24.