Academy Award nominated actress Amy Adams (she was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role for the 2008 film “Doubt”) has just signed on to play Mark Wahlberg’s character, “Irish” Mickey Ward’s love interest in the upcoming film “The Fighter“.
The Fighter has gone through a lot of turmoil in it’s development as several big named actors and directors have come and gone from the project. Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler) was set to direct the film and has since been replaced by David Russell (who has previously directed I Heart Huckabees and Three Kings), and both Matt Damon and Brad Pitt have been attached and left.
Christian Bale is also set for the film as Wahlberg’s brother.
Wahlberg will play Ward, a fighter who was losing bouts and was ready to hang up the gloves when his brother came back into his life. Bale will play Eklund, whose drugs and robbery spree drew him a 10- to 15-year sentence in state prison. There, he kicked drugs, became a model prisoner and emerged as a changed man who helped his brother reach the glory that eluded him.