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Peter Facinelli Signs on to Play Boxer Vinny Pazienza

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Apr. 18 2010, Published 5:01 a.m. ET

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Busier than ever starring in Nurse Jackie and the fan favorite Twilight Saga, Peter Facinelli has signed on for a new flick about champion boxer Vinny Pazienza.

According to Hollywood Life, the on-screen vampire is taking on a completely new role as Vinny, who proved everyone wrong by winning the World Champion boxing title after an almost fatal car crash.

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Recovering from a broken neck, Vinny defeated Luis Santana in 1991 for the Junior Middleweight title.

The biographical movie is set to start production in 2011, while the third Twilight installment Eclipse, also starring Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, is due out in theatres this summer.

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Peter, who has three daughters, is married to fellow actress Jennie Garth.

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