Film News Roundup: Stephen Dorff's MMA Drama 'Embattled' Adds Four UFC Fighters
UFC fighters Tyron Woodley, Cowboy Cerrone, Eryk Anders, and former UFC fighter Kenny Florian have joined Stephen Dorff and Darren Mann in director Nick Sarkisov's MMA drama "Embattled."
Written by David McKenna, the film will be produced by Sergey Sarkisov for Blitz Films, alongside Kate Cohen for Straight Up Films, and Scott LaStaiti, with Blitz's Nick Sarkisov and Dorff serving as executive producers. Eryl Cochran from Blitz Films will oversee production. The film is currently shooting in Alabama.
Mann plays a high school judo prodigy who steps into the MMA cage for a vicious battle of retribution against his father, played by Dorff.
"It's been really important to me that the film feels as authentic as possible and that it respects the world of MMA – from the fight choreography to the commentary to capturing the intense feeling of being in the cage," Sarkisov said. "These guys are the real deal, and incorporating them into the film is helping us achieve that."
Woodley is the current UFC welterweight champion and appeared in "Straight Outta Compton." Cerrone appeared in "The Equalizer 2." Florian is a commentator and co-host for "UFC Tonight." Anders is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the light heavyweight division.