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Naomie Harris Takes Social Worker Role In Antoine Fuqua’s Boxing Drama ‘Southpaw’

Naomie Harris Takes Social Worker Role In Antoine Fuqua's Boxing Drama 'Southpaw'

Naomie Harris has joined Forest Whitaker and Jake Gyllenhaal in Antoine Fuqua’s boxing drama “Southpaw.” She’ll be taking the role that Lupita Nyong’o was once eyed for – a social worker whose job is to ensure a comeback fighter’s daughter’s healthy well-being.

The Weinstein Company project, penned by Eminem (who was originally set to star in the movie, before being replaced by Gyllenhaal) and “Sons of Anarchy” creator Kurt Sutter, will tell the story of a left-handed welterweight boxer who becomes a champion, before experiencing tragedy that negatively-affects the life of his young daughter, and who later finds the determination to make a comeback.

Whitaker co-stars as a character named Titus ‘Tick’ Willis, a former fighter forced to retire after losing an eye. His plans to return to the sport, but as a trainer, are derailed after his son is killed.

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson also features in the film, playing a boxing promoter who’s part of Gyllenhaal’s character’s entourage.

Rachel McAdams will play the female lead (likely Gyllenhaal’s love interest).
Yay – another film about a distressed white fighter making a comeback. 

Production is already underway in Pittsburgh.

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