Damon, Wahlberg to Star in Movie About Micky Ward
Variety Magazine is reporting that Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg have been chosen by Paramount Pictures for the leading roles in the upcoming movie, The Fighter, which will chronicle the life of former welterweight contender Micky Ward.
I’ll try to have more on this when the information becomes available…
The Sweet Science has more on this…
Damon and Wahlberg will take the roles pending on the approval of the final script. I’m guessing since the information was released that they would take part in the movie that it’s most likely going to be approved. Wahlberg will be playing Ward and Damon will be playing his trainer and half-brother, Dick Ecklund.
Paramount Pictures recently green-lit the film and production is scheduled to begin this summer in Boston. The film chronicles the two brothers growing up in Lowell, Massachusetts and goes through Ward’s success and immortalization as a fighter.
Ecklund was a journeyman fighter who sent Sugar Ray Leonard to the canvas in 1978. His career was derailed by drug addiction and a prison sentence. Upon his release, he convinced his younger brother, Ward – who had retired from boxing at 26 after losing four straight – to get back in the ring. Under Ecklund’s tutelage, Ward won the WBU Light Welterweight title and engaged in one of the greatest fight trilogies in history with Arturo Gatti.
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