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Eastwood to star, direct and produce Baby project



Story by: Jack Foley

NEVER one to rest on his laurels, after a career spanning almost 50 years, Clint Eastwood is to act, direct and produce his next project, The Million Dollar Baby.

Possibly rejuvenated from the acclaim which followed his Oscar-nominated film, Mystic River, Eastwood has announced that he will be taking all three roles for his latest movie - marking his first time doing both since 2002’s disappointing Blood Work.

Million Dollar Baby will tell the tale of an aspiring woman boxer in East Los Angeles, and is being touted as a star vehicle for Oscar winner, Hilary Swank.

Eastwood is believed to be appearing as a grizzled former boxer-turned-trainer, while his Unforgiven co-star, Morgan Freeman, is rumoured to be supporting as well.

The film is based on a pair of short stories from the collection, ‘Rope Burns: Stories From the Corner’ by FX Toole, who is, himself, a former boxer - but it would do wise to avoid the critical derision which greeted the last film about a woman in the boxing world, Meg Ryan’s critically-savaged, Against The Ropes.

The script has been adapted by Paul Haggis, and is to be produced by Eastwood's Malpaso Productions, which is based at Warner Bros. Production is scheduled to start in June.

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