Actress to star as stripper in drama

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.

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