Check out Jake Gyllenhaal in the final trailer and poster from the upcoming boxing drama “Southpaw”. “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua is helming the film, which tells the story of a welterweight boxing champion, Gyllenhaal’s Billy Hope, whose personal life is falling apart even though he’s a successful fighter.
Gyllenhaal, who stars in Southpaw opposite Naomie Harris, Rachel McAdams, Rita Ora, Forest Whitaker and 50 Cent, is in theaters now headlining writer/director Dan Gilroy’s stylish neo-noir thriller Nightcrawler. Readers who have already witnessed Gyllenhaal’s extremely gaunt transformation for that film are likely to be doubly-impressed by the actor’s polar opposite approach to Southpaw.
Southpaw, in development for some time, was originally set up at DreamWorks Pictures with Eminem planned to play the Hope role. Scripted by “Sons of Anarchy” creator Kurt Sutter, the film was at one time, said to be a “metaphorical” sequel to Curtis Hanson’s Academy Award-winning 8 Mile.