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The Fighter
Directed by David O. Russell
Produced by Dorothy Aufiero
Keith Dorrington
David Hoberman
Written by Paul Attanasio
Lewis Colick
Starring Mark Wahlberg
Christian Bale
Amy Adams
Melissa Leo
Cinematography Hoyte Van Hoytema
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) 2010
Country United States
Language English

The Fighter is an upcoming 2010 film directed by David O. Russell, starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale. The film centers around the life of professional boxer "Irish" Micky Ward (Wahlberg) and his older brother Dickie Eklund (Bale). Amy Adams has also been confirmed as a love interest of Ward.[1]




Darren Aronofsky was previously attached to direct before David O. Russell. Both Matt Damon and Brad Pitt were also once attached to play Dickie Eklund before the role went to Christian Bale.[2][3] Bale has reportedly been training for the role. About the film, he said, "It’s a true story of two incredibly gifted boxers who were half brothers. The one, Dicky Ecklund, who fought Sugar Ray Leonard at a very young age, when he was twenty one, was an incredible natural talent. He lived a very hard life. Then he came to train his brother, Irish Mickey Ward, to the world title."[4] Wahlberg also trained for two years for the role of Mickey Ward.[5]

Filming began in July in Lowell, Massachusetts.[6]


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