- Associated Press - Monday, February 3, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Actors Miles Teller and Aaron Eckhart will play the lead roles in a film about world champion boxer Vinny Paz.

East Greenwich-based Verdi Productions President and CEO Chad Verdi said Monday that Miles Teller will play Paz in “Bleed for This” while Eckhart will play his trainer, Kevin Rooney.

Teller stars in the comedy “That Awkward Moment” and has been in “The Spectacular Now” and “21 & Over.” The Golden Globe-nominated Eckhart stars in “I, Frankenstein” and has played in “Olympus Has Fallen” and “The Dark Knight.”

Verdi bought the rights in 2009 to make the movie about Paz, the boxing champion who overcame a broken neck suffered in a car accident to again fight for a world title.

Famed director Martin Scorsese is an executive producer on the project.



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