Netflix 'Bruised': 5 things to know about Halle Berry's directorial debut

Netflix 'Bruised': 5 things to know about Halle Berry's directorial debut
Halle Berry as Jackie Justice and Sheila Atim as Bobbi in 'Bruised' (Netflix)

Halle Berry took the world by storm in the early 2000s when she started to show that her impeccable acting skills to the world. It has never been easy for the actor of color to create a base in the industry so instantly, but Berry managed to do that after a string of amazing performances in various projects.

By the mid-2000s, she was one of the biggest actresses in the world. With roles in big movies such as ‘X-Men’, and ‘Monster’s Ball’, for which she won an Oscar for Best Actress, becoming the first and only African-American woman to have won the award. Her success would lead her to become the first Oscar-winning actress to become the Bond girl in the James Bond movie ‘Die Another Day’ alongside Pierce Brosnan.



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She has been a part of the industry for more than 25 years now and she’s still going strong. The actress is ready to enthrall viewers with her acting skills and directing skills in the upcoming Netflix flick ‘Bruised’. This will be the first time that the superstar will be seen running the things from behind the camera as well. Her last movie ‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’ turned out to be a huge hit and she’ll be hoping for another success in the form of ‘Bruised’.

So, here’s everything we know about the movie.


Official poster of 'Bruised' (Netflix)


When does ‘Bruised’ release and where can you watch it

The directorial debut of Halle Berry will be premiering exclusively on Netflix on November 24. According to the Netflix press site, the sports drama will be available for streaming at 3:01 am EST. You can subscribe to the platform to watch the film.


What is ‘Bruised’ all about

“Jackie Justice (Halle Berry) is a mixed martial arts fighter who leaves the sport in disgrace. Down on her luck and simmering with rage and regret years after the fight, she’s coaxed into a brutal underground fight by her manager and boyfriend Desi (Adan Canto) and grabs the attention of a fight league promoter (Shamier Anderson) who promises Jackie a life back in the octagon. But the road to redemption becomes unexpectedly personal when Manny (Danny Boyd, Jr.) — the son she gave up as an infant — shows up at her doorstep. It is a triumphant story of a fighter who reclaims her power, in and out of the ring, when everyone has counted her out.”


Who stars in the Netflix sports drama?

Academy Award winner Halle Berry plays the role of Jackie Justice in the upcoming Netflix flick while Valentina Shevchenko plays Lady Killer.

Halle Berry

The veteran actress began her acting career in the 1990s and turned out to be one of the most influential celebrities of this generation. She started as a model and was a runner-up in the Miss USA pageant and came sixth in the Miss World 1996. Her breakthrough film role was in the romantic comedy ‘Boomerang’ (1992), alongside Eddie Murphy, which led to roles in films, such as ‘The Flintstones’ and ‘Bulworth’. Berry won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the romantic drama film ‘Monster's Ball’.

Since then, she has done high-profile roles in numerous projects. Berry became the first Oscar-winning actress to become a Bond girl in ‘Die Another Day’. She is one of the highest-paid actresses in the world.




The rest of the cast includes Adan Canto as Desi, Sheila Atim as Bobbi, Stephen McKinley Henderson as Pops, and Shamier Anderson. 



This is Halle Berry’s first movie as the director while the screenplay has been penned by Michelle Rosenfarb. On the other hand, notable names like Basil Iwanyk, Brad Feinstein, Guymon Casady, Linda Gottlieb, and Erica Lee serve as producers on the movie.


The trailer makes us realize that the movie will undoubtedly be an intense ride. Berry left the sport in disgrace, but she needs to get her life together when the son she had given up as an infant re-enters her life. She is also given time to get redemption and returns to the cage and get to know her son.


You can watch the trailer here.



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