THR report that Teller and Aaron Eckhart are now attached to lead the project, which is being written and directed by Ben Younger (Boiler Room, Prime).
Teller would play Pazienza, who, after a near fatal car crash which left him not knowing if he’d ever walk again, made an incredible comeback. After months of recovery and against doctors’ orders, Vinny returned to the gym under infamous trainer, Kevin Rooney (Eckhart), and made a triumphant return to the ring just over a year later.
Martin Scorsese, riding high on the success of The Wolf of Wall Street, will be executive producing, with Bruce Cohen (American Beauty) and Emma Tillinger Koskoff (The Departed) producing alongside Younger and Chad Verdia and Noah Kraft (Loosies).
No word yet on when production is expected to begin, but the film will be heading to the European Film Market in Berlin this month under Synchronicity.
Teller found much praise in Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, similarly starring opposite an older actor serving as a mentor figure for his character in J.K. Simmons. The film won big at Sundance last month, walking away with both the U.S. Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in the Dramatic categories.
His recent credits have cemented his status as one of the most talented young actors to emerge in the past few years, with The Spectacular Now especially standing out from last year. He’s also heavily rumoured to be involved with Josh Trank’s The Fantastic Four reboot, and is set to be seen in Get a Job and Two Night Stand this year, alongside a reunion with Shailene Woodley this spring in Divergent.