Deadline is exclusively reporting that Blake Lively has signed up the lead role in mixed martial arts action-drama Bruised from director Nick Cassavetes.
Blake Lively (whose recent credits include Café Society and The Shallows) will be playing the role of Jackie, a single mother working two jobs and is a disgraced MMA fighter who has been up against the ropes her entire life. When the authorities threaten to take her young son away from her, she must get back in the cage for one last chance to fight for redemption and give her son the life she always wanted.
Currently Nick Meyer’s Sierra/Affinity is launching the project for sale to foreign buyers this week at Cannes. The script has been penned by Michelle Rosenfarb, with Thunder Road Pictures’ Basil Iwanyk attached to produce alongside Linda Gottlieb and Guymon Casady of Management 360. The project is setting its sights on starting shooting this September.