Cat Zingano has sued Halle Berry because of a role promised in an upcoming Netflix film, “Bruised.” The news came in around half a month ago. Apparently, Halle had asked Zingano to let go of a UFC fight and instead act in the film. However, she was soon ignored.
As per TMZ, according to the lawsuit, Cat stated that she met Halle in July 2019 to discuss the movie, Bruised, that Halle was planning to direct. Halle also told Cat that she was a perfect fit for the role.
The main issue is that Halle asked Cat to keep herself free for the project and not to indulge in any other work. However, soon after Cat, was offered a big fight by the UFC.
As per the documents filed by Cat, she claims that she had a discussion with Halle about the fight offer. She further claimed that Halle told her to choose either the fight or the film, showing concerns from the movie’s insurer.
So, following discussion with Halle, Cat turned down the fight so that she could be in the movie; unfortunately, this resulted in her UFC contract being void.
When Cat broke it to Halle that she has made her decision to not be a part of the fight and has been released from her UFC contract, the big shock for Cat came in when Halle broke it to her that she would not be involved in the movie since she is no longer a part of the UFC and the role was only for fighters in contract with UFC.
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Cat is a Bellator fighter at the moment and told TMZ that Halle has cut off all means to communicate. Therefore, Cat is suing her for the damages she faced, including Halle’s commitment to star her in the film and then ending up helpless and out from both, the film and UFC.
Bruised will be Halle’s directional debut, and that too on Netflix. As per sources, the story revolves around a mixed martial arts fighter by the name of Jackie Justice. However, Cat blames Halle for making her miss out on her career opportunities.
Bruised is expected to release on November 24th on Netflix.
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Halle, stated that,
I didn’t want to stop because I had prepared for so long,” Berry said. “We had rehearsed; we were ready. So my mind, my director’s mind, was just — keep going. And I compartmentalized that, and I just kept going: ‘I’m not going to stop. I’ve come too far. I’m going to act as if this isn’t hurting. I’m going to will myself through it.’ And so we did.
The producers of the film include Paris Kassidokostas-Latsis, Terry Dougas, Linda Gottlieb and Gillian Hormel, Basil Iwanyk, Brad Feinstein, Guymon Casady and Erica Lee.
Regarding the script Berry stated,
They gave me the script and I loved the story, but it was written for a twentysomething Irish Catholic white woman. I couldn’t get it out of my mind, so I thought, is it possible that this could be reimagined for someone like me? Because I think I have a take on it that could actually work – making it about a middle-aged Black woman, someone fighting for a last chance rather than another chance. When you’re young we all get chances, they’re a dime a dozen. But when you’re at a certain stage in life it becomes something more impactful and meaningful, right?
Berry is set to play the role of Jackie Justice in Bruised, which co-stars Stephen McKinley Henderson, Adan Canto and Shamier Anderson.