AFM: Icon Adds 'Bleed for This' to 2015 Slate

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Miles Teller and Aaron Eckhart will star

The U.K. distributor recently picked up Shane Black's 'The Nice Guys,' starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, for the British market

British distributor Icon Film is ramping up its 2015 slate with the addition of Ben Younger's boxing drama Bleed for This.

Icon recently picked up Shane Black's detective thriller The Nice Guys starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, which Warner Bros. is releasing stateside, as well as Noah Baumbach's While We're Young starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts.

Bleed for This, which Boiler Room director Younger wrote from his own script, is a biopic of five-time world champion boxer Vinny Pazienza, who recovered from a near-fatal accident to return to triumph in the ring.

Miles Teller, who will play Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic in the upcoming Fantastic Four film, has signed on to play Pazienza, Aaron Eckhart his infamous trainer Kevin Rooney, and Game of Thrones actor Ciaran Hinds has been cast as the boxer's father.

Other titles the recently relaunched Icon has nabbed for the U.K. include family feature A Bollywoof Tale starring Big Bang Theory actor Kunal Nayyar and the thriller 6 Days, about the Iranian Embassy siege in 1980.

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Correction Nov. 11, 2014: An earlier version of this story incorrectly attributed a second screenwriter to Bleed for This. Younger is the sole writer. The Hollywood Reporter regrets the error.

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