Bale and O. Russell Board The Fighter


Christian Bale and director David O. Russell are jumping in the ring with Mark Wahlberg for Relativity Media’s The Fighter, which Paramount will release domestically.

The movie is a drama about boxer Irish Mickey Ward (Wahlberg) and his unlikely path to become world lightweight champion. Bale plays Dicky Eklund, Mickey’s half-brother and a talented fighter who once went the distance with Sugar Ray Leonard in a title fight but then turned to crime and landed in prison. Then he turned his life around and helped his underperforming brother find the spark for a remarkable run that led to the world title.

David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing through their Mandeville production company. The film is expected to begin production in July.