Hope Davis, James Rebhorn and Olga Fonda are joining the cast of DreamWorks Pictures’ Real Steel, which director Shawn Levy starts shooting later this month.
The previously-announced cast members include Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Kevin Durand, Anthony Mackie and Evangeline Lilly. The movie is scheduled for a November 18, 2011 release.
In the film, Jackman plays 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, and they bond as the robot brawls its way toward the top.
The premise is based on a short story by Richard Matheson that was adapted into an original “Twilight Zone” episode that starred Lee Marvin.
John Gatins wrote the script. Don Murphy, Susan Montford and Levy are producing.