Synchronicity Entertainment, a division of The Solution Entertainment Group, announced today that Aaron Eckhart (I, Frankenstein) and Miles Teller (That Awkward Moment) will star in Bleed for This, the story of boxer Vinny Pazienza.
Based on the incredible true story of one of boxings most charismatic and exciting figures, Bleed for This centers around Vinny Pazienza (Teller), who quickly shot to stardom when he dominated undefeated champion Gilbert Dele. A near-fatal automobile accident left him with the news that he would never walk again. After months of recovery and against doctors orders, Vinny returned to the gym under infamous trainer, Kevin Rooney (Eckhart), and made a triumphant return to the ring just over a year later.
Rooney had a major role in changing Vinny’s boxing style that lead him to become one of only two boxers ever to win titles in the lightweight and junior middle weight class in 1991. The other boxer was Roberto Duran, who Vinny fought twice with victories for Vinny in both fights.
Ben Younger (Boiler Room, Prime) will write and direct. Martin Scorsese executive produces and Bruce Cohen, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Ben Younger, Chad Verdi and Noah Kraft will produce.
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