It would seem Harvey Weinstein has quieted down about getting Jake Gyllenhaal an Oscar nomination for “Southpaw.” And indeed, he’ll have a hard time making people remember this movie by the time “Creed” comes out later this year. But Gyllenhaal is always one to watch, and undoubtedly he gives it his all for “Southpaw.”
Directed by Antoine Fuqua, and co-starring Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, and 50 Cent, the story follows a boxer beset by personal tragedy, who has box his way back to redemption both inside and outside of the ring. But he’ll have some help from old pals and a soundtrack led by Eminem. Here’s the official synopsis:
From acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY) and screenwriter Kurt Sutter (“Sons of Anarchy ), SOUTHPAW tells the riveting story of Billy “The Great” Hope, reigning Junior Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World (Academy Award® nominee Jake Gyllenhaal). Billy Hope seemingly has it all with an impressive career, a beautiful and loving wife (Rachel McAdams), an adorable daughter (Oona Laurence) and a lavish lifestyle. When tragedy strikes and his lifelong manager and friend (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson) leaves him behind, Hope hits rock bottom and turns to an unlikely savior at a run-down local gym: Tick Willis (Academy Award® winner Forest 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 to win back the trust of those he loves.
“Southpaw” opens on July 24th. Watch below.