The first trailer for Bleed for This has been released online. Based on the life of five-time world boxing champion Vinny Pazienza, the film stars Miles Teller and tracks “The Pazmanian Devil” through his career-ending car accident and subsequent determination to make a comeback. This trailer has a very strong Martin Scorsese vibe, so it should come as no surprise that Scorsese has an executive producer credit on the picture. Ben Younger, the filmmaker behind the 2000 Wall Street thriller Boiler Room and 2005’s romantic comedy Prime, directs from a script he wrote himself, and it’s fairly clear this is a bit of a passion project for all involved.
Does it look any good? It’s hard to say. Yes there’s a Scorsese vibe, but does the film feel like it’s ripping off a better filmmaker or simply homaging the tone of one of the greats? Teller is an undeniable talent, and coming off of Whiplash and the less-than-stellar Fantastic Four, the actor certainly seems to be making a hard turn into gritty, character-driven dramas, so the potential is certainly there.
Check out the trailer below, via SI. Bleed for This also stars Aaron Eckhart, Katey Segal, Ciarán Hinds, and Ted Levine and opens in theaters on November 23rd.
Here’s the official synopsis for Bleed for This:
BLEED FOR THIS is the incredible true story of one of the most inspiring and unlikely comebacks in sports history. Miles Teller (Whiplash, Divergent) stars as Vinny “The Pazmanian Devil” Pazienza, a local Providence boxer who shot to stardom after winning 2 world title fights. After a near-fatal car accident leaves Vinny with a severed spine, doctors tell him he may never walk again. With the help of renowned trainer Kevin Rooney (Aaron Eckhart), Vinny becomes a legend when he not only walks again, but miraculously returns to the ring to reclaim his title belt only a year after the accident.