Kim Basinger (L.A. Confidential, 8 Mile) has signed on to star in the forthcoming boxing comedy Grudge Match. Variety reports that the Oscar winning actress will join Robert De Niro (Raging Bull) and Sylvester Stallone (Rocky) in the cast and will play the main love interest in the new comedy about two aging rival boxers who look to settle a final score in the ring. Grudge Match is directed by Peter Segal (50 First Dates, Get Smart) from a script by Tim Kelleher that has been rewritten by Doug Ellin (Entourage). Kevin Hart (Think like a Man) will also star as the boxing promoter who organises the grudge bout.
Basinger, who rose to stardom in the 80s with a string of high profile films such as 9½ Weeks and Batman, is making somewhat of a comeback having recently starred alongside Zac Efron in Charlie St. Cloud. She is also currently filming Third Person from Crash and The Next Three Days director Paul Haggis, which boasts a stellar cast that includes Liam Neeson (Taken), Mila Kunis (Ted), Olivia Wilde (TRON: Legacy), James Franco (127 Hours), Adrien Brody (The Pianist) and Casey Affleck (Gone Baby Gone) and centres around three interlocking loves stories involving three couples in three different cities.