Tim Allen will star in Redbelt, the mixed martial arts drama David Mamet wrote and will direct for Sony Pictures Classics, according to Variety.

Chiwetel Ejiofor co-stars as a Jiu-jitsu master whose purity is compromised when he is drawn into the movie business and manipulated into brawling in ultimate fighting matches.

Emily Mortimer, Alice Braga, Joe Mantegna, Rodrigo Santoro, Ricky Jay, David Paymer, Rebecca Pidgeon and Jose Pablo Cantillo will star, along with martial artists and fighters Randy Couture, John Machado, Danny Inosanto, Enson Inoue and Ray Mancini.

Allen plays a troubled action star with marital problems who meets the master when he is getting pummeled in a street fight.