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Sydney Sweeney to Star as Trailblazing Boxer Christy Martin

Sydney Sweeney is heading to the ring for her next project where she’ll portray trailblazing boxer Christy Martin!

The Anyone But You and Immaculate star confirmed the news on Instagram, revealing she’s “honoured to tell Christy’s powerful story.” She also shared her thoughts with Deadline who first reported the news:

“I grappled and did kickboxing from 12 to 19 years old. I’ve been itching to get back into the ring, train, and transform my body. Christy’s story isn’t a light one, it’s physically and emotionally demanding. There’s a lot of weight to carry. But I love challenging myself.”

Christy became a welterweight champion and America’s most well-known female boxer of the 90s. She broke numerous boundaries including becoming the first woman to sign with promoter Don King.

Sydney tells Deadline, the film will be about Christy’s rise to the top as well as her struggles out of the spotlight: “Christy Martin not only legitimised female boxing, she overcame gender stereotypes, and fought through emotional, physical, and financial abuse.”

The film will be directed by David Michôd who was behind Animal Kingdom and The Rover. According to Deadline, Christy has been collaborating with the team on this project.

 

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Meanwhile, Sydney has been steadily making a name for herself in the entertainment world.  She has starred in numerous projects including The White Lotus and Euphoria and was nominated for the Outstanding Supporting Actress Emmys for both roles. She’s also been nominated for a Critics Choice Award for her role in Reality and a People’s Choice Award for Comedy Star of the Year for her role in Anyone But You. 

She’s currently working on thriller-drama Echo Road alongside Julianne Moore.

(Feature Image Credit: Sydney Sweeney photo by Tinsletown/Shutterstock.com)

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Nehal is an award-winning news presenter, author of "A Kids Book About Kindness Online" and founder of CelebrityKind. She has dedicated her career to creating connected and healthy spaces in the media. When she's not writing, you'll find Nehal hanging with family, dancing to Beyoncé, interpreting Taylor Swift lyrics or watching old eps of Oprah.