The cast for David O. Russell‘s The Fighter is shaping up to be one talent filled ensemble. The cast currently includes Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale as half-brothers, and Oscar nominee Melissa Leo as their mother. Now according to THR, Amy Adams is nearing a deal to join the cast.

The Fighter is a boxing flick that stars Bale as Dicky Eklund, the brother of Wahlberg’s ”Irish” Mickey Ward. After kicking a bad drug habit, Eklund turns his life around and helps his brother to win the world lightweight championship. Adams will come on board to as Charlene, “a tough, gritty bartender and former college high-jumper from Massachusetts who ends up dating Mickey.”

The Fighter begins production next month in Lowell, Massachusetts and will be distributed by Paramount.

Wouldn’t it be great if this film turned out to be the piece of work that finally gets Bale some serious critical attention? We all know he’s got the acting chops, he’s just never received as much recognition as his cast mates. Even Mark Wahlberg has an Oscar nomination, and I never thought I’d see that day.

What do you think of Amy Adams joining the cast?

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