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WATCH: Trailer for new Kali Reis boxing/thriller film “Catch The Fair One”

The WBA champion stars in a new film from the makers of “Nomadland” and “The Wrestler”

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John Hansen joined Bad Left Hook as a staff writer in 2021 and co-hosts the "Prophets of Goom" podcast.

WBA super lightweight champion Kali Reis, who BLH readers will recall knocked down Cecelia Braekhus in the first women’s fight ever broadcast on HBO, stars in a new film premiering next month.

“Catch The Fair One” stars Reis in her feature film debut. The film will world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on June 13th, which describes the plot thusly:

“A Native American woman embarks on the fight of her life when she goes in search of her missing sister. The former boxer intentionally gets entangled in a human trafficking operation in order to retrace the steps of her kid sister and work her way up the chain of command to find the man responsible.”

Reis also earned a story co-writer credit on the film alongside writer and director Josef Kubota Wladyka. Wladyka won Best New Narrative Director at Tribeca for his 2014 debut feature, “Manos Sucias” (Dirty Hands). Bad Left Hook readers may know Wladyka best from his work in television, where he’s directed seven episodes of “Narcos” and “Narcos: Mexico”, two episodes of “The Terror”, and an episode of “Fear the Walking Dead”.

If you’re a boxing fan wary of absurd, unrealistic on-screen depictions of the sport, there’s plenty here to keep you optimistic: The film is produced by Mollye Asher, who also produced the 2021 Academy Award winner for Best Picture, “Nomadland”. And Darren Aronofsky, director of “Requiem for a Dream”, “Black Swan”, “Pi”, and, perhaps most notably, “The Wrestler”, is credited here as an Executive Producer.

Hopefully, we’re in for a thriller with shades of “Taken” set against a boxing backdrop with the same realism and authenticity of the independent wrestling world in “The Wrestler” or the itinerant labor van-dwelling lifestyle shown in “Nomadland”.

I’m eager to see it. Watch the teaser below and share your thoughts in the comments.

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