Amy Adams set to join 'Fighter'

Circles drama starring Christian Bale, Mark Wahlberg

Amy Adams is in final negotiations to star opposite Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg in "The Fighter," which David O. Russell is directing for Relativity Media. Paramount is distributing the drama domestically.

The movie revolves around the life of boxer "Irish" Mickey Ward (Wahlberg) and trainer-brother Dick Eklund (Bale), chronicling their early days on the rough streets of Lowell, Mass., through Eklund's battle with drugs and Ward's eventual world championship in London.

Adams will play Charlene, a tough, gritty bartender and former college high-jumper from Massachusetts who ends up dating Mickey.

Melissa Leo also has been cast as Wahlberg and Bale's mother.

Mandeville partners David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing with Paul Tamasy and Dorothy Aufiero.

The movie begins shooting next month in Lowell.

Adams next appears opposite Meryl Streep in Nora Ephron's "Julie & Julia," which opens Aug. 7. The actress, now onscreen as Amelia Earhart in "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," also has wrapped production on Anand Tucker's "Leap Year."

She is repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.