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Jonathan Majors stars in his first film since being convicted of assault

Jonathan Majors, who grew up in the Dallas area, has been cast in the lead role in Martin Villeneuve’s supernatural revenge thriller MercilessDeadline reported.

This will be Majors’ first project since a jury found him guilty in December of harassing and assaulting his ex-girlfriend Grace Jabbari. The incident stemmed from an altercation months earlier. Majors has denied attacking Jabbari and said in an interview with Good morning America He was “reckless with her heart, not her body.”

Majors was sentenced in April to a year of domestic violence counseling and probation. Jabbari has also filed a lawsuit against him accusing him of defamation and assault.

As Majors will soon return to the film business, Christopher Tuffin, producer of Mercilessdefended the casting of the controversial actor.

“We live in a culture where people on both sides are treated as expendable,” said Tuffin The New York Times this week. “I believe this case has been decided in court and he has the right to continue his career.”

A Majors spokesman did not respond to multiple requests for comment via phone and email.

Following Majors’ breakout role in 2019 in the critically acclaimed indie The last black man in San FranciscoHe quickly became a star and landed leading roles in HBO’s Lovecraft Land, Creed III and the Marvel Universe. A profile of Majors from 2022 in The New York Times Magazine said his Marvel performances would sustain him “probably for the rest of his life.”

After the guilty verdict, Marvel Studios broke off its ties with the majors and Searchlight Pictures dropped Magazine Dreamsa bodybuilding drama in which he played the lead role. He was also stripped of the role of Dennis Rodman in a biopic about the basketball star.

Majors has kept a relatively low profile since his conviction, but appeared last week at an awards ceremony hosted by celebrity blog Hollywood Unlocked, which honored him with a Perseverance Award. “I’m not perfect. I have weaknesses. I acknowledge them,” Majors said in a tearful acceptance speech.

“There will be moments in your life when everything goes dark,” he continued. “I’ve sat in that pitch black and learned that when you see a glimpse of light, you run toward it as fast and as determinedly as you can. And I’ll never take that light for granted again.”

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