Halle Berry will be making her directorial debut with a mixed martial arts action drama, titled Bruised. The actress is set to star in, direct and produce the project written by Michelle Rosenfarb.
The film will explore the story of a “disgraced MMA fighter who has to face one of the rising stars of the MMA world and deal with the return of her 6-year old son to the mother he deserves”.
Developed by EIS company, the actress is set to produce alongside John Wick producer Basil Iwanyk, as well as Linda Gottlieb and Erica Lee who will be an executive producer on the project.
The actress who was first featured in Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever has had a successful career and starred in numerous films including the X-men franchise as Storm, 007’s Die Another Day, Gothika and recently Kingsmen: The Golden Circle. Berry became the first black woman to win an Oscar in the best actress category for her performance in the 2001 film Monster’s Ball.
Set to start production in March, Bruised will include the same fight choreography crew Berry is currently working with, who choreographed fight sequences for the John Wick franchise.