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Amy Adams Puts up a ‘Fighter’

A redhead sounds just about right for David O. Russell’s Massachusetts-set The Fighter. Variety reports that Amy Adams has come onboard to play a gritty bartender from the state who ends up dating Mark Wahlberg’s character, “Irish” Mickey Ward.

A redhead sounds just about right for David O. Russell‘s Massachusetts-set The Fighter. Variety reports that Amy Adams has come onboard to play a gritty bartender from the state who ends up dating Mark Wahlberg‘s character, “Irish” Mickey Ward. Joining her is Melissa Leo – also another tough looking cookie if you refer to her perf in Frozen River. As of late, Adams has been working mostly on studio pics – she’ll be on screen once again with Meryl Streep in Nora Ephron‘s Julie & Julia and just completed her work on Anand Tucker‘s Leap Year.

After a couple of stalled moments, The Fighter is pressing forward with a summer shoot. This is a drama about boxer “Irish” Micky Ward’s (Wahlberg) unlikely road to the world lightweight title. His Rocky-like rise was shepherded by half-brother Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale), a boxer-turned-trainer who rebounded in life after nearly being KO’d by drugs and crime. Dicky threw his gifts away on drugs and a robbery career that landed him a sentence of 10-15 years in state prison — but he kicked drugs, became a model prisoner and turned his life around. When he left jail, he became Mickey’s trainer at a time when Ward was losing fights and was ready to hang up his gloves. Together, the brothers found the spark that led to a remarkable string of victories for Ward and the world title.

Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman, Ryan Kavanaugh, Wahlberg, Paul Tamasy and Dorothy Aufiero are producing. Tucker Tooley will exec produce.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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