Now, the trailer has debuted on Apple, and you can see the Irish fighting goodness for yourself. First, the good things: We're seeing Wahlberg reunite with Russell in what seems to be a rough 5-year working cycle. The pair first came together in the highly entertaining 1999 Gulf War film 'Three Kings,' before reuniting again for the wildly insane 'I Heart Huckabees' in 2004. To sweeten the pot, we've also got Christian Bale morphing into Micky's ne'er-do-well brother, shrugging off the slick, Bruce Wayne appearance and looking downright perfect as Dicky, as well as Amy Adams being far more dramatic than we've seen her recently as Micky's love interest, Charlene. Added bonus: She even gets to fight a bit herself.
However, though Russell has brought out a lot of Wahlberg magic in the past, I'm not so sure he'll hold up against the talents of his co-stars (a cast rounded out with Melissa Leo). It's Wahlberg from any number of past roles. You just might be reminded of 'Huckabees' when Micky talks to his daughter in front of their home (though this time he isn't in a confused, existential haze), or think back to his Marky Mark days when he flexes while getting weighed.
Check it out for yourself and weigh in below: Will you flock to 'The Fighter' when the film hits screens this December?