Anthony Mackie and Evangeline Lilly (“Lost”), who both had roles in The Hurt Locker, are joining Hugh Jackman in the Shawn Levy-directed Real Steel at DreamWorks Pictures.
Jackman will play an ex-fighter who becomes a promoter when human boxing is outlawed for being too violent. The new gladiators are 2,000-pound robots with human qualities. The ex-fighter’s access to sub-standard robot parts hampers his hopes for glory in Robot Boxing, until he discovers a discarded robot that always seems to win. The ex-fighter has also discovered he’s the father of a 13-year old son (Dakota Goyo), and they bond as the robot brawls its way toward the top.
Mackie will play a boxing promoter and Lilly will portray a friend of Jackman’s character.
The film is based on a short story by Richard Matheson that was adapted into an original “Twilight Zone” episode that starred Lee Marvin.
Don Murphy, Susan Montford and Levy are producing. Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke, Steve Starkey, Mary McLaglen and Josh McLaglen are executive producing.