EXCLUSIVE: Katey Sagal has been set to star in Bleed For This. She will play Louise Pazienza, the mother of fighter Vinny Pazienza in the film directed and scripted by Ben Younger. She joins Whiplash star Miles Teller, who’ll play the former world champ known as the Pazmanian Devil, with Aaron Eckhart playing trainer Kevin Rooney, Amanda Clayton playing Doreen Pazienza, and Ciaran Hinds and Tom DeNucci also starring.
Sagal takes the role as her character continues to be the fulcrum for carnage in the final season of Kurt Sutter’s Sons Of Anarchy. Sagal is a lovely lady (I learned this when she and Sutter invited me in to disrupt their home with my malfunctioning computer for the Emmy live blog), and I don’t know much about Mrs. Pazienza. But as a matriarch, Sagal’s Gemma Teller is leading her son, SOA leader Jax Teller, down a dark road to hell. I still can’t believe the way she has been ignored by Emmy voters in seasons past, but based on the four episodes I’ve seen so far, her luck might well change by the time the FX series comes to an inevitably bloody conclusion.
Bleed For This deals with Pazienza’s miraculous recovery from a car crash that left him with a broken back. He was told he might never walk again, let alone fight, but no one could stop the Pazmanian Devil, a world champ in two weight classes. Pic is produced by Sikelia’s Martin Scorsese and Emma Koskoff Tillinger, Bruce Cohen and Pamela Thur-Weir. Filming begins next month in Rhode Island.
Sagal is repped by WME and B and B Management.