Watch Mary J. Blige flex her acting chops in new trailer for ‘The Violent Heart’

Photo credit: Jake Giles NetterMary J. Blige is among the stars featured in the trailer for the new thriller The Violent Heart.

The film, which is described as a “southern gothic-inspired Romeo & Juliet story set in the American heartland,” stars Jovan Adepo as Daniel, a young man struggling with the memories of his sister’s unsolved murder. Adepo is joined by Grace Van Patten, who plays Cassie, a high school senior and Daniel’s love interest.

Similar to the Shakespearean play, the feature centers on the couple’s clashing families, with Blige playing Daniel’s mother, and Lukas Haas playing Cassie’s overprotective father.

Grace Van Patten, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, and Jahi Di’Allo Winston also star.

The Violent Heart, written and directed by Kerem Sanga, will be available in both theaters and on-demand on February 19.

By Candice Williams
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