<div class="Article" style="float: left;"> <table> <tr style="vertical-align: bottom;"> <td> <h3><a href="/go=news.detail&gid=197536" target="_blank"> WWE wraps shooting for MMA movie </a></h3> </td> </tr> </table> <a href="/go=news.detail&gid=197536" ><img class="photo" src="http://img.mixedmartialarts.com/method=get&rs=60&q=75&x=4&y=77&w=310&h=165&ro=0&s=BB617D89-1D09-6BFC-E5928DBE20643E11.jpg" /></a> <strong class="ArticleSource">[wwe.com]</strong> <div style="clear: both; line-height: 1px;height: 1px;"> </div> </div> <p>World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. announced that principal photography will conclude this week in New Orleans, Louisiana on WWE Studios’ film, “Knucklehead,” starring Mark Feuerstein (“Royal Pains”), Melora Hardin (“The Office”) and WWE® Superstar Paul “Big Show” Wight. Director Michael W. Watkins (“Prison Break”) helms this comedy adventure, which also stars Dennis Farina (“Law & Order”), Wendy Malick (“Just Shoot Me!”), Rebecca Creskoff (“Hung”), Bobb’e J. Thompson (“Role Models”),, Will Patton (“The Fourth Kind”) and Saul Rubinek (“Warehouse 13”).<br />
“Knucklehead” will complete its location filming in and around New Orleans, Louisiana November 5, 2009 and is scheduled for theatrical release in the United States in Spring 2010.
Written by Tom Sullivan & Bear Aderhold and Adam Rifkin, “Knucklehead” follows the on-the-road adventures of a trio of misfits – a naïve giant and church orphan-turned-amateur fighter Walter Krunk (BIG SHOW); former mixed martial arts champion-turned-manager Eddie Sullivan (MARK FEUERSTEIN); and church aide-turned-chaperone, Mary O’Connor (MELORA HARDIN) – fighting their way across the south to the annual Pro-Am mixed martial arts tournament in New Orleans.
Shortly after Eddie loses his new fighter and finds himself $50,000 in debt to longtime nemesis and bookie Memphis Earl (DENNIS FARINA), he discovers Walter, a bumbling 7-foot, 440-pound, life-long resident of the orphanage-turned-handyman with his own debt problems: The kitchen fire Walter caused will close down the church’s orphanage in a week unless he comes up with $50,000. Upon overhearing Walter’s predicament, Eddie convinces the no-nonsense head nun, Sister Francesca (WENDY MALICK) that Walter can win the $100,000 grand prize at the tournament to pay off the church’s debts. But in order to do so, he will need to take Walter on the road, enter amateur fights along the way, and teach him how to become a real fighter. Sister Francesca dispatches Mary as a chaperone for both Walter and the money and gives Eddie a week – and a prayer – to make it happen.