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It looks as if somebody’s decided to give Christian Bale a “fighting” chance. The actor has landed the role of a boxer turned trainer opposite Mark Wahlberg in The Fighter. According to Variety, Bale will star as Dicky Eklund the half-brother of Wahlberg’s ”Irish” Mickey Ward. After kicking a bad drug habit, Eklund turns his life around and helps his brother to the world lightweight championship. The Fighter was set to be directed by The Wrestler helmer, Darren Aronofsky but he has since been replaced.

Find out who stepped into the director’s ring after the jump…

David O. Russell will direct The Fighter and will replace Aronofsky. When the film was originally developed with Aronofsky attached, Wahlberg and Matt Damon were set to star. Damon then dropped out and Brad Pitt was set to replace him, but the picture stalled and Aronofsky jumped ship. In the midst of all this change, Wahlberg continued to train for the role and it paid off. The project landed in Russell’s lap and it’s full steam ahead once again.

I love how Christian Bale always pick projects that have him speaking in a strong accent that’s not his own. As for Wahlberg, how perfect is this role for him? He’s from Dorchester and we already know he can talk the talk and walk the walk. Even though I love Bale, I am kind of disappointed that Damon couldn’t star in the film. He and Wahlberg could easily pass as siblings and they’re both natives of the Boston area. It would have been a partial reunion of 2006′s The Departed. One day……

What do you think of Wahlberg and Bale’s casting in The Fighter? Do you think Russell can pick up where Aronofsky left off?

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