Amy Schumer has been linked to an upcoming drama about female boxing icon Christy Martin, a woman who long proceeded Ronda Rousey as a pioneer for female fighters.
The 36-year-old actress has been negotiating over playing the pugilist in a biopic written and directed by Katherine Fugate, who wrote Army Wives, Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve.
According to The Hollywood Reporter the movie is a look at the life of the West Virginia-based fighter (who is now known as Christy Salters) who was Don King's first-ever female client.
Martin's marriage to her trainer Jim Martin will be chronicled in the motion picture, as he received a prison sentence of 25 years after he shot and stabbed Christy in November of 2010 when she left him. She would go on to testify in the 2012 trial that landed him behind bars for 25 years on a conviction of attempted second-degree murder with a firearm.
She gained national spotlight in March of 1996 when she captured the World Boxing Council women’s lightweight championship in a bloody Las Vegas bout against Deirdre Gogarty.
Christy, who was nicknamed The Coalminer’s Daughter, was on the undercard of the infamous 1997 bout in which Mike Tyson bit the ear of Evander Holyfield.
Christy also fought Laila Ali, the daughter of late boxing icon Muhammad Ali, in a high-profile 2003 bout in which Laila knocked her out.
Christy left boxing with a record of 49-7-3, with 31 career knockouts. Her last fight was a 2012 close points loss in a rematch with Mia St. John. She took that fight after being in the ring only once in a three year period. In their first meeting, Martin won a dominant ten round decision.
The film would mark a change of cinematic pace for the Emmy-winning entertainer, best known for her comedic turns in the movies Snatched and Trainwreck.
Amy's new film I Feel Pretty, featuring Michelle Williams, Busy Philipps and Emily Ratajkowski, hits theaters Thursday.