Marisa Tomei has signed on to play the female lead opposite Mickey Rourke in Darren Aronofsky’s indie drama “The Wrestler.”
Story centers on an over-the-hill 1980s-era pro grappler (Rourke) who quits the business after a heart attack and moves in with a stripper (Tomei) to build a relationship with her son. Aronofsky and Robert Siegel wrote the screenplay.
Shooting is under way in New York and New Jersey.
Tomei, who most recently co-starred in Sidney Lumet’s “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead,” will segue to the stage after filming “The Wrestler” with a starring role in “Top Girls” on Broadway.