Miles Teller will be bringing the life of former boxing champion Vinny Pazienza to the big screen this fall with the upcoming drama Bleed for This.
After recent flicks like Southpaw and Creed, films about boxers seem to be in vogue these days, which is why it's no surprise that this latest tale of pugilism seems poised to make a run for gold this awards season.
Check out the first trailer below.
Bleed for This will highlight how Pazienza, known as "The Pazmanian Devil," went from being a boxing star to having to fight for his life and another shot inside the ring.
The Rhode Island boxer broke his neck in a serious car accident and was told by doctors that he may never walk again. Miraculously and through sheer force of will, Pazienza worked his way back to the ring 13 months after the incident.
Directed by Ben Younger, Bleed for This is getting a November release date, which means it will be in prime position to land a knockout blow leading into Oscar discussions. As Deadline points out, the film is being distributed by Open Road Films, which distributed last year's Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Spotlight.
An award or two will hopefully help ease Teller's pain of having to get into fighting shape for the film.
The actor told Us Weekly that he had to endure a strict diet for the role, which led to him shedding some serious pounds. Teller said that he went from 188 pounds with 18 percent body fat to 168 pounds with 6 percent body fat.
“I didn’t eat bread for 7 months,” Teller told the magazine. “You have to just stay committed. You’re playing a professional boxer. It’s embarrassing if you’re not in good shape. I just didn’t want to be embarrassed by not putting in the work physically.”
Bleed for This, which also stars Aaron Eckhart and Katey Sagal, will hit theaters for a limited release on November 4, followed by a wide release on November 23.