Trailer drops for Halle Berry’s ‘Bruised’ MMA movie with Shevchenko

Cease us when 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 must make a comeback – towards the chances – and combat again to glory. Usually, there’s underground preventing concerned, and oftentimes household drama.

On the floor, from the appears of the brand new trailer for “Bruised,” that’s precisely what we’re going to get. However there are some twists on this one that may set it aside from the slew of others.

The principle 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 Worldwide Movie Pageant a yr in the past and it’ll drop on Netflix subsequent month. It options UFC ladies’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko and seems to have its climax within the Invicta cage.

And if all that wasn’t sufficient to present 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 final shot at redemption when the younger son she left behind comes again into her life.”

Should you want a refresher on Ms. Berry, she is the one Black winner in historical past of the Greatest 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 Display Actors Guild awards in her trophy case.

Her resume contains Storm in three X-Males motion pictures; she was a Bond woman in “Die One other 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. Extra lately, the 55-year-old Cleveland native was within the “Kingsman” sequel in 2017 and “John Wick: Chapter 3” in 2019.

To make sure, Berry is a silver display screen all-time nice. However she’s additionally been a longtime MMA fan and has been cageside at loads of UFC occasions. In February 202, she was available to cheer for Shevchenko at UFC 247 in Houston. Whereas there, she met Amanda Nunes, too – who has a job in “Bruised,” in line with IMDB.

Berry wasn’t at all times connected to “Bruised.” It initially was going to star Blake Energetic 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 position, 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. Present Bellator fighter Cat Zingano sued Berry in August. In response to the swimsuit, Berry needed Zingano within the movie. When Zingano acquired a UFC combat supply whereas she nonetheless was with the promotion, Berry instructed her she needed to decide the combat or the film for insurance coverage causes. Zingano picked the film – and the UFC subsequently launched her. Not lengthy after that, the swimsuit says, Berry instructed her she was out of the film – as a result of she was not within the UFC.

From the appears of the trailer, Berry’s character fights her method again to the purpose she will get to face a personality performed by Shevchenko in an Invicta combat, giving the plot, which to make certain has been accomplished 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.)

Take a look at the trailer for “Bruised” within the video above. It will get its launch on Netflix on Nov. 24.

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