Bale, Russell Take On “The Fighter”

Christian Bale and “Three Kings” director David O. Russell are joining “The Fighter” for Relativity Media and Paramount Pictures says Variety.

The drama follows boxer Irish Mickey Ward (Mark Wahlberg) and his unlikely path to become world lightweight champion.

Bale plays Dicky Eklund, Mickey’s half-brother and a talented fighter who once went the distance with Sugar Ray Leonard in a title fight but then turned to crime and landed in prison.

Then he turned his life around and helped his underperforming brother find the spark for a remarkable run that led to the world title.

Matt Damon, Brad PItt and director Darren Aronofsky were previously attached to the project and has since moved on.

David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing with shooting kicking off in July.