Coming out this week from GVN Releasing is writer-director Matthew Berkowitz’s A Violent Man, a murder mystery drama set in the world of mixed martial arts that stars former NFL running back Thomas Q. Jones. The film arrives in theaters and on digital platforms February 8.
Isaach De Bankole, MMA icon Chuck Liddell, Denise Richards and Bruce Davison also star in the film, which was produced by Jones, John Lewis, Justin Steele and Orson Oblowitz.
Jones plays Ty, an unknown MMA fighter who beats the undefeated champ at a local gym. Overnight he becomes the underdog champion of the world with a title fight on the horizon, but when the female reporter covering the story is found dead, Ty becomes the murder suspect. A blackout, a dead body, and incriminating circumstances put him in the middle of a mystery.
Jones, the former NFL Pro Bowler who rushed for more than 10,000 career yards in 12 seasons, was recently seen on the Netflix series Luke Cage, reprising his role as Comanche. His other film credits include Runaway Island, Straight Outta Compton and a recurring role on BET’s Being Mary Jane.
“We love what Matthew Berkowitz did with this film and I’m thrilled to be in the Thomas Q. Jones business,” GVN founder Geno Taylor said. “He’s a hidden gem, a sleeping giant. A Violent Man is the beginning of his era in film.”