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Miles Teller and Aaron Eckhart Join Boxing Flick 'Bleed for This'

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 3, 2014 at 12:49PM

Miles Teller is taking on a film that is being sold in Berlin that veers close to his own experience. In true story "Bleed for This," written and directed by "Boiler Room"'s Ben Younger and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Teller plays young boxer Vinny Panzienza, who has to recover from a terrible automobile accident.
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Miles Teller
Miles Teller
Aaron Eckhart is really, really ripped as 'I, Frankenstein'
Aaron Eckhart is really, really ripped as 'I, Frankenstein'

Miles Teller is attached to a film that is being sold in Berlin that veers close to his own experience. In true story "Bleed for This," to be written and directed by "Boiler Room"'s Ben Younger and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Teller would play young boxer Vinny Panzienza, who has to recover from a terrible automobile accident. He is told he will never walk again, but fights his way back into the ring a year later with the help of trainer Kevin Rooney (Aaron Eckhart). As a teenager Teller was thrown out of a moving car and was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries; he still wears the scars on his face. (See my "Whiplash" interview here.) 

Teller, who is on a roll, with back-to-back Sundance hits "Spectacular Now" and "Whiplash" and "Divergent" coming up, worked with Eckhart on 2010 drama "Rabbit Hole," Teller's first feature. He was 22. Eckhart's CAA agent Tracy Brennan scooped Teller up during production. Eckhart could use some upbeat reviews after recent B-movie efforts in "I, Frankenstein," "Olympus Has Fallen" and "Battle Los Angeles." 

Producers are Oscar perennial Bruce Cohen ("American Beauty," "Silver Linings Playbook," "Milk") and Emma Tillinger Koskoff (Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street") along with Younger, Chad Verdi and Noah Kraft. 

International rights are being sold at Berlin's European Market by Synchronicity Entertainment, headed by Ruzanna Kegeyan, a division of The Solution Entertainment Group. CAA, which reps Cohen, Younger, Teller and Eckhart and packaged and arranged financing for "Bleed for This," will handle the film’s domestic distribution rights alongside WME, which reps Scorsese and Tillinger Koskoff.

This article is related to: Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart, Berlin International Film Festival, Martin Scorsese


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.