is stepping into the boxing ring with Mark Wahlberg
- the actors have signed up to co-star in new film The Fighter
Bale will play boxer Dicky Eklund in the movie, about the path to redemption from a life of drugs and crime he discovers by helping his half-brother, Wahlberg's character 'Irish' Mickey Ward, to win the world lightweight championship.
Director Darren Aronofsky
had previously lined up Matt Damon
and Brad Pitt
for the role, before Bale was poised as a replacement.
Production is scheduled to begin in July, reports Daily Variety
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