By Jeff Labrecque
May 20, 2009 at 02:45 PM EDT

Oscar-nominated Melissa Leo (Frozen River) is negotiating to join Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg in Paramount’s boxing film, The Fighter. Variety reports that Leo will play the mother of Boston pugilist Micky Ward (Wahlberg), who won the lightweight title with the help of his ne’re-do-well half-brother (Bale).

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