Mary J. Blige Joins Coming-of-Age Romantic Film ‘The Violent Heart’

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Mary J. Blige and Lukas Haas are becoming a member of the coming-of-age romance The Violent Heart, with stars Grace Van Patten and Jovan Adepo.

Writer-director Kerem Sanga (First Girl I Loved) is behind the characteristic that’s set simply outdoors Ft. Hood, Texas. It follows Cassie (Van Patten), a college-bound senior on the cusp of commencement, and her budding relationship with a neighborhood mechanic named Daniel (Adepo), who goals of turning into a Marine. As they fall for one another, the small print surrounding Daniel's tragic and violent previous inevitably meet up with them.

Blige will play Nina, a mom who manages to carry her household collectively after the homicide of her daughter whereas her Marine husband is on deployment in Afghanistan. Haas will play Cassie's attentive and protecting father, Joseph, who’s cautious of his daughter's mysterious relationship with an older boy.

Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen of 21 Laps Entertainment will produce with Ed McDonnell, Toby Maguire's Material Pictures and 3311.

Blige, who earned an Oscar nomination for her position in Dee Rees' Mudbound, will subsequent be seen within the Netflix collection The Umbrella Academy and horror thriller Body Cam from Paramount Players.

This article initially appeared in The Hollywood Reporter.