“Creed“, the “Rocky” spin-off movie won’t be the only boxing drama that will hit the cinemas this year.
Best known for his roles in 2001’s “Donnie Darko” and last year’s “Nightcrawler“, Jake Gyllenhaal will play a championship boxer who must fight his way back to the top in Antoine Fuqua’s upcoming boxing drama, “Southpaw”.
Gyllenhaal earned high praises from critics and fans for his dedication to lose more than 20 pounds for his psychotic role as freelance crime reporter Lou Bloom in “Nightcrawler”. And now, he is set to win our hearts once again through his role as Billy “The Great” Hope, a troubled and fallen boxing champ who must win back his crown and his daughter after a personal tragedy strikes.
The official synopsis is as follows:
From acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY) and screenwriters Kurt Sutter (“Sons of Anarchy ) and Richard Wenk (THE MECHANIC), 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.
Directed by Antoine Fuqua (of “Training Day” fame), “Southpaw” features a star-studded cast including Forest Whitaker, 50 Cent, Rachel McAdams, Clare Foley, Miguel Gomez, Victor Ortiz, and Naomie Harris. Rita Ora, who starred in this year’s “Fifty Shades of Grey”, will also star in this movie.
Watch the trailer below:
“Southpaw” is slated for release on 6th August 2015 in Malaysia.
For more information, visit the movie’s official Facebook page.