Miles Teller & Aaron Eckhart Getting in the Ring to 'Bleed for This'
by Ethan Anderton
February 4, 2014
Fresh off the premiere of the Sundance selected drama Whiplash, actor Miles Teller has a project that will send him to the boxing ring. Synchronicity Entertainment, a division of The Solution Entertainment Group, has announced that Teller will star in Bleed for This, the story of boxer Vinny Pazienza (Teller), who quickly shot to stardom when he dominated undefeated champion Gilbert Dele. But 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 dared to return to the ring again, launching an inspiring athletic story. More below!
Vinny got back into training mod under with the help of Kevin Rooney, and made a triumphant return to the ring just over a year later. Rooney's training helped Vinny become one of only two boxers ever to win titles in the lightweight and junior middle weight class in 1991. Aaron Eckhart has been slated to play Rooney in this triumphant story of overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles. The story likely has a personal angle for Teller since he was involved in a fatal car accident, the remnants of which can still be seen with scars on his face and neck. He's certainly going to have to bulk up for the role though.
The past couple years have been pretty great for Miles Teller. The actor found success with two different films last year in the form of 21 & Over and The Spectacular Now, the latter becoming a critical darling with a lot of praise for Teller's performance alongside Shailene Woodley. Right now he has That Awkward Moment in theaters and Divergent coming in March (watch the new trailer), with a role as Dan Aykroyd in the John Belushi biopic coming down the pipeline. There's also rumors that he'll have a lead in the reboot of Fantastic Four, but we're still waiting for official news. Either way, Teller has some great work coming up.