I’m all for dramas and other kinds of stories that take place within the martial arts world, and Mickey Kelley has a solid cast. Seeing as Sean Patrick Flanery currently trains in BJJ, and with Renzo Gracie and Edwin Barbosa involved you know the martial arts scenes will be legit. Check out the press release below:
Forrest Films Sets Mixed Martial Arts Drama “Mickey Kelley” as Next Project with Sean Patrick Flanery, Katrina Bowden and Dennis Quaid Starring Alongside Real Life MMA Fighting Legends Renzo Grazie and Edson Barboza
Forrest Films, the production and distribution outfit launched and run by Ali Afshar, Forrest Lucas and Charlotte Lucas, has set mixed martial arts (MMA) drama MICKEY KELLEY as its next film production (13th film overall), with Alex Ranarivelo (AMERICAN WRESTLER, THE RIDE) directing, and a cast that includes Sean Patrick Flanery (POWDER), Katrina Bowden (30 ROCK, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL) and Dennis Quaid (THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, A DOG’S PURPOSE) alongside legendary MMA fighters Renzo Gracie, Edson Barboza, and Mickey Gall.
Ali Afshar and Ava Rettke are producing the film for Forrest Films. Executive Producers are Forrest Lucas and Sean Patrick Flanery.
Flanery and Alex Ranarivelo teamed to co-write the screenplay, from a story Flanery created, centering on an aged martial artist, who to support his family, accepts a dangerous and lopsided rematch with the man who seemingly ended his career,
In 1990, Mickey Kelley (Flanery), one of the first American black belts in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, gets pulled away from everything he loves and into an unsanctioned MMA tournament, where his hopes and dreams of providing for his family come to a halt with a single, life-altering, split-second decision, as Marco Blaine (Edson Barbosa), plows his way to victory.
Later, Blaine has become a champion in the now sanctioned sport of MMA while Mickey Kelley has become a shell of a man, making ends meet to support his wife and son by sweeping floors at a karate studio. But when a secret video of their tournament leaks onto the internet, fans see Blaine’s claim of being “undefeated” as hollow, due to the way the fight unfolded, and everyone clamors for a rematch. What no one knows is that Mickey hides a secret that could risk the few precious things that remain in his life. Now, against the wishes of his wife (Katrina Bowden) and his best friend (Maurice Compte), Mickey becomes determined to find redemption through the rematch with an opponent that he knows all too well. But the question of whether or not he can find what it takes, or if he ever even had it… remains.
The film’s supporting cast includes Maurice Compte (NARCOS, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD), Reno Wilson (TRANSFORMERS franchise) and Currie Graham (POMPEII).
This story really grabs my interest. How does a Brazilian Jui-Jitsu artist , coming from unsanctioned fights, handle JUST being on the outside as MMA begins to really take off, where he could have been a star? This premise can be rich with human drama. As more info comes out about this film I’ll let ya’ll know!