Mickey Rourke in The Wrestler

We’ve been getting a ton of questions and comments about Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler, as it was easily one of the most visible films coming out of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. It appears, at least from a distance, that the film that Fox Searchlight has bought could be the one that starts an Oscar run for both Aronofsky and revitalized star Mickey Rourke. But ultimately, details have been fuzzy — other than what we’ve seen from Toronto, we had no other details on when audiences around the country would get a chance to see this film.

Thankfully, we always have our friends over at Slashfilm to back us up. They’ve uncovered the fact that The Wrestler will make its way into theaters on December 19th, 2008. And knowing Fox Searchlight and their affinity for platform releases, this probably means a late-December run in New York and Los Angeles, with a wider release in January 2009. This release date also ensures that the film will be eligible for this year’s awards season, putting it in a prime spot to get take home some hardware — that is, if it is as good as everyone says it is. Of course, we’ll answer that question at a later date. For now, the only date that matters is December 19th, depending on where you live.

Are you planning on seeing The Wrestler when it comes out in your area?

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