Jake Gyllenhaal in Southpaw Photo: The Weinstein Co.
The first trailer for Southpaw starring Jake Gyllenhaal has arrived as director Antoine Fuqua has definitely sought to bring us a “down in the trenches” boxing drama with an impressive cast. Said cast also includes Rachel McAdams, Naomie Harris, Forest Whitaker, Victor Ortiz, Tyrese Gibson, 50 Cent, Clare Foley, Beau Knapp, Oona Laurence and Rita Ora.
Set for release on July 31, the screenplay comes from “Sons of Anarchy” creator Kurt Sutter and was actually going to star Eminem at one time in the lead role. Now it’s Gyllenhaal playing Billy “The Great” Hope, the reigning Junior Middleweight Champion whose unorthodox stance, the so-called “Southpaw.”
Watch the Southpaw trailer below.
From acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) and starring Academy Award® nominated Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler, Enemy) comes a story of tragedy, loss and the painful road to redemption… Billy “The Great” Hope (Gyllenhaal) is the reigning Junior Middleweight Champion whose unorthodox stance, the so-called “Southpaw,” consists of an in-eloquent, though brutal, display of offensive fighting…one fueled by his own feelings of inadequacy and a desperate need for love, money and fame. With a beautiful family, home and financial security, Billy is on top both in and out of the ring 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 agrees to take the bereaved pugilist under his wing so long as he agrees to his strict ethos. Relentless and utterly committed to a fighter that thinks as much as he throws punches, Tick rebuilds Billy into a new man: one that is agile, fearsome and uncompromising in the ring while thoughtful, loving and disciplined outside of it. 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.