Bale and Russell Will Fighter

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Uber-busy Christian Bale has plumped his schedule yet further by signing up to star in The Fighter the upcoming movie starring Mark Wahlberg and due to be directed by… oh. Due to be directed not by Darren Aronofsky but by David O Russell.

So in addition to Bale’s joining the cast, Aronofsky has handed the directorial reins over to Russell, the director of Three Kings and I Heart Huckabees.

The story will follow ‘Irish’ Micky Ward (Wahlberg) and his rise to fame as a boxer, taken there through the tutelage of half-brother Dicky Eklund, to be played by Bale.

Aronofsky’s departure is a bummer but, if nothing else, the potential for a blow-up never experienced before on movies sets between the notoriously prickly Russell and, of course, Bale, makes this one to watch despite the loss of Aronofsky to the staff.

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