“The Fighter” is the story of lightweight championship boxer “Irish” Mickey Ward (Wahlberg), and his trainer and brother, Dick Eklund (Bale). The film will portray their early days on the streets of Lowell, Massachusetts, Eklund’s bout with drugs and violence and Ward winning the world championship in London. If you’re wondering where a lovely girl fits into all this, The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Adams will play Charlene, a “tough, gritty bartender and former college high-jumper from Massachusetts” who ends up involved with the tough-as-nails Mickey. She won’t be the only woman on set, as Melissa Leo (“Frozen River”) has also joined as the boys’ mother.
David O. Russell is directing the film, and is taking over the chair once occupied by Darren Aronofsky.
The film is set to begin shooting in July, and will shoot in the brothers’ hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts.
Readers, will you line up to see the strong cast of “The Fighter”? Are you glad to see Amy Adams pick up a more dramatic role after so much comedy and romance?