Halle Berry to make her directorial debut and star in mixed martial arts drama ‘Bruised’

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Oscar winner Halle Berry plans to make her directorial debut with a mixed martial arts action drama titled “Bruised,” in which she will also star.

Berry, currently in production on “John Wick 3: Parabellum” opposite Keanu Reeves, will reteam with John Wick producer Basil Iwanyk of Thunder Road Pictures, who is also producing “Bruised” along with Entertainment 360 and Linda Gottlieb, according to Deadline Hollywood.

Written by Michelle Rosenfarb, “Bruised” will follow a disgraced MMA fighter named Jackie “Justice,” whose 6-year-old son Manny, whom she walked out on years ago, comes back into her life. That means Jackie has to conquer her demons, face one of the toughest rising stars of the MMA world and fight to become the mother this kid deserves.

Berry will work with the team that does the fight choreography for the “John Wick” franchise, according to Deadline. Production will start March, with Riverstone financing and Erica Lee serving as executive producer.

Berry made history as the first – and currently only – black woman to win the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in the 2001 drama Monster’s Ball. The busy performer, who was recently seen in “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” also will star in Sony’s remake of the 1985 thriller “Jagged Edge.”


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