After first catching our attention a few years back with his supporting turn in Rabbit Hole, I think it’s safe to say that Miles Teller has officially become someone worthy of awards attention with his captivating lead role in The Spectacular Now. He’s already gotten some great buzz out of Sundance for his work in Whiplash, will be playing Dan Aykroyd in the upcoming Jim Belushi biopic, and now he’s apparently starring in a boxing film that could really see him vie for an Oscar nomination in the next few years. It’s called Bleed for This, will co-star Aaron Eckhart, and is based on the life of fighter Vinny Pazienza. Martin Scorsese will executive produce, while Boiler Room director Ben Younger will be at the helm. Pazienza’s life is pretty baity, so this is one to watch out for if everything comes together. You can see the story below, but I’m very interested to see how this one turns out in the next year or so…
Here’s the article from The Hollywood Reporter:
Aaron Eckhart and Miles Teller are attached to star in Bleed for This, the film based on the true story of world champion boxer Vinny Pazienza. Martin Scorsese is executive producing.
Teller would play Pazienza, who, after a near fatal car crash which left him not knowing if he’d ever walk again, made an incredible comeback. After months of recovery and against doctors’ orders, Vinny returned to the gym under infamous trainer, Kevin Rooney (Eckhart), and made a triumphant return to the ring just over a year later.
Ben Younger, who wrote and directed 2000’s Boiler Room and 2005’s Prime, will write and direct Bleed for This.
Synchronicity, a division of The Solution Entertainment Group and headed by Ruzanna Kegeyan, is handling sales at EFM in Berlin.
Bruce Cohen and Emma Tillinger Koskoff are producing alongside Younger, Chad Verdi and Noah Kraft. CAA, which packaged and arranged financing, will represent the film’s domestic distribution rights alongside WME
Synchronicity, which launched in 2012, handled international sales for horror pic Smiley and horror comedy Cooties starring Elijah Wood, which just premiered at Sundance. Its upcoming projects include horror pic Mara starring Oblivion actress Olga Kurylenko.
Teller, who stars in comedy That Awkward Moment which opened in theaters this weekend, also stars in Whiplash, which won the top prize at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this month. His upcoming projects include YA adaptation Divergent and comedy Two Night Stand. He’s repped by CAA and Stone, Meyer.
Eckhart most recently starred in I, Frankenstein and Olympus has Fallen. His upcoming projects include thriller Incarnate. He’s repped by CAA and Hirsch Wallerstein.
–Thoughts? Discuss in the comments!