The Residence Inn in Tewksbury has been playing host to the advance crew for the soon-to-be filming flick, The Fighter, starring none other than the Dark Knight himself, Christian Bale. The movie co-stars Boston’s own Mark Wahlberg as “Irish” Mickey Ward fighter and his journey to the world lightweight championship, and his relationship with his half-brother Dicky Eklund, another fighter, played by Bale. Actress Melissa Leo will play the pair’s mother. Filming is taking place through the summer in and around the Lowell area, as Wahlberg and Bale were spotted earlier this month touring possible filming locations. Bale was actually guided around town by the real-life Dicky Eklund, and the two were reportedly spotted shadow boxing around the streets in the Highlands section of Lowell. Director David O. Russell of the HBO documentary High on Crack Street, Rich Farrell, producer of Lost Lives in Lowell, and other crew members were also on hand for the tour, making stops at various locations around town, including homes on Wilder, Smith, Westford and Shaw streets, as well as Ramos Package Store on Branch Street. Actual filming should commence this July.