Amy Adams Joins the Cast of David O. Russell's The Fighter
by Alex Billington
June 29, 2009
Amy Adams is in final negotiations to star opposite Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg in The Fighter, which David O. Russell is directing for Relativity Media and Paramount. Adams will play Charlene, a tough, gritty bartender and former college high-jumper from Massachusetts who ends up dating Mickey, the boxer played by Wahlberg. Melissa Leo has also joined. It was only confirmed just a few weeks ago that David O. Russell would be directing this instead of Darren Aronofsky. Adams' casting only sweetens the deal, I just really hope that Russell doesn't screw this up like he did Nailed. Hopefully he just sticks to the script.
The Fighter follows the true story of Mickey Ward (Wahlberg) and how he went on to win the lightweight championship with the help of his half-brother Dicky (Bale). Eklund once fought Sugar Ray Leonard and nearly went the distance against the boxing legend before forfeiting his career to drugs and crime. He redeemed himself by training Ward through his Rocky-like run to the title. I really love Amy Adams and usually go out of my way to see her (except in movies like Night at the Museum 2 or Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day). I'm glad she is challenging herself with a "gritty" role this time. Shooting starts this summer.