Romantic comedy from Charlie McDowell co-stars Kate Mara

“The Adventures of Tintin” star Jamie Bell is attached to topline “Fighting Jacob,” a quirky romantic comedy that Charlie McDowell will direct from a script by Justin Lader. Kate Mara (“Brokeback Mountain”) is set to co-star.

Kenny Goodman and The Schiff Co. will produce with Oren Kamara and Fade to Black Films, as well as Gary Ousdahl and McDowell, who makes his feature directorial debut with the indie project.

Bell will play the title role of Jacob ‘The Manic Maniac’ Rosenthal, an up-and-coming boxer whose extreme OCD is the key to his success in the ring. After a devastating breakup with Mara’s character, he’s forced to evaluate his many neuroses and whether or not he can be truly happy and a great fighter at the same time.

Fade to Black recently optioned Lader’s script, and production is skedded to start this summer in Los Angeles.

Bell, who recently played the title role in Steven Spielberg’s “The Adventures of Tintin,” is currently filming Bong Joon-ho’s “Snow Piercer.” He most recently played Sam Worthington’s brother in Summit’s “Man on a Ledge” and will next be seen alongside James McAvoy in the Irvine Welsh adaptation “Filth.”

Mara, who’s currently filming David Fincher’s Netflix series “House of Cards,” will soon be seen in Jamie Linden’s “Ten Year” and the Eric Bana pic “Deadfall.”

McDowell and Lader are AFI graduates who previously co-wrote “Dear Girls Above Me,” a TV pilot based on the helmer’s Twitter feed and popular web site, which CBS bought last year. McDowell is currently writing a book based on those neighborly experiences for Crown Publishing.

Bell is repped by WME and Artists Independent Management. Mara is repped by UTA and The Schiff Co., which also represents McDowell and Lader.

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