Jamie Bell and Kate Mara (American Horror Story) have been tapped to star in the romantic comedy Fighting Jacob. Variety reports that Bell will play, “Jacob ‘The Manic Maniac’ Rosenthal, an up-and-coming boxer whose extreme OCD is the key to his success in the ring.” Bell suffers a devastating breakup with Mara’s character, after which he must reevaluate his life and find a medium between his happiness and success as a fighter. Justin Lader wrote the script, and Charlie McDowell (Bye Bye Benjamin) will direct.
Bell is currently filming the promising thriller Snow Piercer with director Bong Joon-ho, while Mara is busy shooting David Fincher’s Netflix series House of Cards with Kevin Spacey. Mara’s sister, Rooney, nabbed an Oscar nomination for her work with Fincher in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Production on Fighting Jacob is slated to begin this summer in Los Angeles.