The Bruised cast features Halle Berry, Sheila Atim and Shamier Anderson. This info article contains minor spoilers for Halle Berry’s feature directorial debut. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.
Bruised explores the comeback of a female MMA fighter named Jackie Justice. As the protagonist deals with physical and emotional abuse while training, she’s suddenly reunited with her estranged son. Jackie forms an intimate bond with her trainer, Bobbi, and hopes to make up for past mistakes by fully committing to her goals. Here’s every main player in Bruised.
Bruised Cast: Halle Berry as Jackie Justice
Character Profile: A disgraced UFC fighter known as “Pretty Bull.” She attempts a career comeback while looking after a mute son. Jackie intensifies her training routine after removing toxic men from her life.
Berry’s Resume: Ororo Munroe in the X-Men Movie Franchise (2000-), Ginger in Swordfish (2001), Leticia Musgrove in Monster’s Ball (2001), Jinx Johnson in Die Another Day (2002), Sofia in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019)
Bruised Cast: Shamier Anderson as Immaculate
Character Profile: The head of Invicta FC. He served 15 years in prison for a second-degree murder. Immaculate recruits Jackie and then makes disparaging statements.
Anderson’s Resume: Chris in The Next Step (2013-14), Xavier Dolls in Wynona Earp (2016-18), Antonio in Destroyer (2018), Michael Adams in Stowaway (2021), Trevante Cole in Invasion (2021)
Bruised Cast: Adan Canto as Desi DeMarco
Character Profile: Jackie’s manager and love interest. He’s an abusive man who forces his girlfriend into a physical confrontation at an underground fight club.
Canto’s Resume: Paul Torres in The Following (2013), Sunspot in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), Minister Lara in Narcos (2015), Aaron Shore in Designated Survivor (2016-19), Jorge in 2 Hearts (2020)
Bruised Cast: Sheila Atim as Bobbi Buddhakan Berroa
Character Profile: Immaculate’s top trainer. She is skeptical about Jackie as a fighter and demands 250 percent effort during sessions. Bobbi was married in the past and develops a sexual relationship with Jackie.
Atim’s Resume: Limehouse Nell in Harlots (2018), The Investigator in Bounty Hunters (2019), Amanda Javad in The Feed (2019), Nora Harper in The Understudy (2020), Mabel in The Underground Railroad (2021)
Bruised Cast: Stephen McKinley Henderson as Pops
Character Profile: Jackie’s cornerman. He respects her accomplishments and secures a sponsor for her comeback.
Henderson’s Resume: William Slade in Lincoln (2012), Jim Bono in Fences (2016), Father Leviatch in Lady Bird (2017), Stewart in Devs (2020), Uncle Hollis in Wu-Tang: An American Saga (2019-)
Bruised Cast: Valentina Shevchenko as Lucia “Lady Killer” Chavez
Character Profile: An undefeated flyweight champion from Argentina. She fights against Jackie in the final act.
Shevchenko’s Resume: A UFC Flyweight Champion
Bruised Cast: Adriane Lenox as Angel McQueen
Character Profile: Jackie’s mother. She threatens to take her daughter’s son away. Angel failed to protect Jackie from sexual predators during her childhood.
Lenox’s Resume: Rose Woods in Black Snake Moan (2006), Denise Oher in The Blind Side (2009), Gina in Lee Daniels’ The Butler (2013), Reven Wright in The Blacklist (2014-17), Beverly in Manifest (2018-)
The Bruised cast also includes Danny Boyd Jr. (Stranger Things, Watchmen), Lela Loren (Lost, Power), Nikolai Nikolaeff (Daredevil, Mile 22), Delissa Reynolds (Luke Cage, Wu-Tang: An American Saga) and Jacob Crespo (Alma’s Way).
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