Oscar-winning rapper/songwriter Eminem has revealed the new trailer for the boxing redemption drama Southpaw, from director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The Equalizer) and starring Academy Award-nominated Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler, Brokeback Mountain). Eminem was originally attached to play the lead in the movie, but despite dropping out of the project he will be providing new music previewed in the trailer, which you can check out below!
Billy “The Great” Hope (Gyllenhaal) is the reigning Junior Middleweight Champion with a beautiful family, home and financial security until a tragic accident leaves his wife dead and sends him into a downward spiral. His days now an endless haze of alcohol and prescription drugs, his daughter taken by Child Services and his home repossessed by the bank, Billy’s fate is all but sealed until a washed up former boxer named Tick (Academy Award-winner Forest Whitaker) agrees to take the bereaved pugilist under his wing so long as he agrees to his strict ethos. Now, as he works to regain custody of his daughter and mounts a professional comeback, Billy must face his demons head-on as he learns that, sometimes, your greatest opponent can be yourself.
Southpaw also co-stars Rachel McAdams, Rita Ora, Naomie Harris, Tyrese Gibson Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and boxer-turned-actor Victor Ortiz. It is written by Kurt Sutter (“Sons of Anarchy”) and Richard Wenk (The Equalizer), and will be released by The Weinstein Company on July 31.