In an article posted on IGN.com yesterday we learn a little more about Channing's new movie 'Fighting' which starts filming today in New York City.
Here is what IGN.com has to say about the film and the new roles that have been cast:
Fighting is a rough-hewn heroic tale about realizing dreams of glory, putting audiences ringside at high-stakes underground street fights. Tatum stars as Sean Arthur, a young man who scrapes up a living hustling counterfeit merchandise in NYC. With family tragedy in his past and his father keeping him at a distance, this outsider has little to motivate him. A chance encounter with veteran street-fighting coach Harvey Boarden (Howard) leads to a whole new career for Sean. The ensuing bouts get tough, especially with the criminal element horning in, so Sean gets tougher. He will fight to win, not only the prize money, but also the unexpected new relationships that are strengthening him.Most importantly, a poster on IMDB says they saw signs related to the filming of 'Fighting' today (September 20, 2007) in New York City's Times Square at 40th between 8th and Broadway. So if you happen to be hanging around Times Square today, you may just be able to catch a glimpse of Mr. Tatum himself (and you better darn well take pictures and beeline them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org). :-D
Also newly cast are Zulay Henao (currently on-screen in Illegal Tender) as single mother Zulay Velez, whom Sean tries to integrate into his new life; Luis Guzman as Martinez, a fight promoter; and world-renowned professional fighter Cung Le as Sean's fearsome Korean foe in the ring. Montiel's crew on Fighting includes cinematographer Stefan Czapsky (Blades of Glory), production designer Therese DePrez (The Return), and the costume design team of Kurt and Bart (Shortbus).
Montiel has written the latest draft of the screenplay. Lisa Bruce is co-producer on Fighting. Senior vice president of production Adrienne Biddle is overseeing the picture for Rogue, which holds worldwide rights to the film.