Cinderella Man: According to The Hollywood Reporter, English actor Paddy Considine, who stars in Jim Sheridan's In America, is in negotiations to make his major studio debut starring opposite Russell Crowe in Universal Pictures/Miramax Films' period boxing project Cinderella Man.

Ron Howard is directing and producing along with Brian Grazer and Penny Marshall.

Cinderella Man tells the tale of real-life heavyweight boxing champ Jim Braddock (Crowe). During the 1930s, Braddock was an aging boxer who made a comeback while trying to provide for his family during the Depression. Considine would star as Hank, Braddock's best friend and fellow dockworker. Considine joins a cast that includes Renee Zellweger, Paul Giamatti and Craig Bierko.

Brian B.