Jennifer Armstrong
June 30, 2009 AT 04:18 PM EDT

Amy Adams could star with Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg in the David O. Russell-directed drama The Fighter, Variety reports. She’s in negotiations to play a gritty bartender who ends up dating Wahlberg’s character, “Irish” Mickey Ward; the film, which begins shooting this summer, tells the story of Ward’s journey from the streets of Lowell, Mass., to the world lightweight championship with the help of his brother, played by Bale.

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