Jake Gyllenhaal has been on a character-building hot streak lately, making dramatic physical transformations and turning in impressive performances in films like “Prisoners” and last year’s “Nightcrawler.” For Antoine Fuqua’s upcoming boxing drama, “Southpaw,” the actor looks to continue this dramatic success. Rachel McAdams, Oona Lawrence, 50 Cent and Forest Whitaker co-star.
The official synopsis reads: “‘Southpaw’ tells the riveting story of Billy ‘The Great’ Hope, reigning Junior Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World. Hope seemingly has it all with an impressive career, a beautiful and loving wife (McAdams), an adorable daughter (Laurence) and a lavish lifestyle. When tragedy strikes and his lifelong manager and friend (50 Cent) leaves him behind, Hope hits rock bottom and turns to an unlikely savior at a run-down local gym: Tick Willis (Whitaker), a retired fighter and trainer to the city’s toughest amateur boxers. With his future riding on Tick’s guidance and tenacity, Billy enters the hardest battle of his life as he struggles with redemption and attempts to win back the trust of those he loves.”
The drama was written by “Sons of Anarchy” creator Kurt Sutter and was originally intended to star rapper Eminem. While Gyllenhaal ultimately found his way into the lead role, viewers can listen to Eminem’s original song for the film, “Phenomenal,” in the new trailer above.
The Weinstein Company will release “Southpaw” in theaters July 24.