Mark Wahlberg and Matt Damon are set to star in the biopic, The Fighter for Paramount Pictures and Mandeville Films.
The two Departed actors are reteaming on the film based on the life of boxer "Irish" Mickey Ward (Wahlberg) and his trainer brother Dick Eklund (Damon). The Hollywood Reporter says the story chronicles the brothers' early days on the rough streets of Lowell, Mass., through Eklund's battle with drugs and Ward's eventual world championship in London.
Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson wrote the original screenplay; a Paul Attanasio re-write is expected in the next couple weeks. No word on a production schedule for The Fighter.