Disney’s Onyx Collective Acquires ‘Bruiser’ Drama
Disney’s Onyx Collective has acquired a new movie titled “Bruiser.” The drama is the first narrative film acquired by Onyx Collective and will stream on Hulu in the US and on Star+ in Latin America and Disney+ in all other territories. The film will debut in the discovery section of the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend.
According to Deadline, “Bruiser” started out as a short film version that premiered a few Sundance festivals ago. Miles Warren makes his directorial debut on the feature, which stars Trevante Rhodes, Shamier Anderson, Shinelle Azoroh and Jalyn Hall. The film is produced by Ryder Picture Company, Lyrical Media, Silent R Management and Toula67 Entertainment. Ben Medina and Warren wrote the screenplay.
“Bruiser” is about fathers, families and the effects of toxic masculinity. 14-year-old Darious (Hall) explores the limits of his manhood through tumultuous interactions with Malcolm (Anderson), his strict but loving father, and Porter (Rhodes), a charismatic drifter. When Darious learns Porter’s true identity, he is thrown into a conflict between the two men that can tear his family apart and threaten his safety.
Aaron Ryder, Jewerl Ross, Scott Frank, D. Scott Lumpkin and Trevante Rhodes are the producers.
“I was immediately drawn to the depth and emotion in every shot of Miles’ award-winning short,” said Tara Duncan, President of Onyx Collective. “He’s an impressive rising artist, and Onyx Collective is the home of filmmakers with something urgent to say. Bruiser is an incisive coming-of-age story about manliness, masculinity and complexity. of male friendship and love. I am delighted that the festival has recognized Slugger as part of their Discovery program, and I can’t wait for the world to see and discuss this film.