EXCLUSIVE: Private Practice alumna Geffri Maya has been cast as a lead opposite Anika Noni Rose and Chanté Adams in Beast Mode (working title), TNT’s drama pilot inspired by the life of legendary boxing trainer Ann Wolfe.
Tina Mabry (Pose) is attached to direct the pilot, written and executive produced by David Schneiderman and produced by Wolfe and MACRO in association with Studio T.
Pulling herself and her two daughters up from poverty, abuse, homelessness and criminality, Marsha Blackstone (Rose) reached the pinnacle of boxing as a fighter and has become equally as successful a trainer known for unconventional methods and a fiercely combative style. Driven by the belief that any step backward is a slippery slope to her former life, when the boxer Marsha trained to a world title fires her, this complex and inspiring woman is determined to find a new fighter to eclipse the one she lost. But her emotional baggage and militant style could be her undoing in her professional and personal life, especially with her two grown daughters, and a new baby on the way.
Maya will play Kerry, Marsha’s (Rose) daughter and the woman who essentially runs the gym while her mother trains the fighters. Kerry loves her family but is growing increasingly frustrated by her mom’s ego. She joins Adams, who plays Marsha’s older daughter Jackie.
Also executive producing are Stefanie Huie (Triangle) and MACRO’s Charles D. King (Mudbound), Kim Roth (Inside Man) and Poppy Hanks (Fences). Rose will serve as a co-executive producer.
Maya recurred as Maya Bennett on the first three seasons of ABC’s Private Practice. Additional credits include Shots Fired and The Inspectors and the upcoming East of Labrea. She’s repped by TalentWorks and Station 3 Entertainment.