First ‘Chuck’ Trailer: Liev Schreiber is the Real Rocky Balboa

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The first trailer has been unveiled for Chuck, an upcoming boxing drama starring Liev Schreiber as the man who inspired Rocky Balboa, Chuck Wepner.

Previously titled The Bleeder, Chuck tells the story of the New Jersey liquor salesman who went 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali and inspired Sylvester Stallone to write the Best Picture-winning picture Rocky, which of course went to spawn a hugely successful franchise.

The film has received mostly positive reviews since its debut at the Venice Film Festival last year. Schreiber looks to be putting in strong work and it sounds like a great true story to take to the screen, even if early word suggests Chuck plays it all a little too familiar to truly stand out from the plethora of boxing biopics out there. We’ll see.

Directed by Philippe Falardeau, who helmed the 2011 Best Foreign Language Oscar-nominated film Monsieur Lazhar and the 2014 Reese Witherspoon-starring drama The Good Lie.

Chuck, also starring Naomi Watts, Ron Perlman, Elisabeth Moss, Jim Gaffigan, Morgan Spector as Stallone and Pooch Hall as Muhammed Ali, will open in the US on May 5.

Synopsis for Chuck:

Chuck is the true story of Chuck Wepner, the man who inspired the billion-dollar film series Rocky—a liquor salesman from New Jersey who went 15 rounds with the greatest boxer of all time, Muhammad Ali. In his ten years in the ring, Wepner endured two knockouts, eight broken noses, and 313 stitches. But his toughest fights were outside the ring: an epic life of drugs, booze, wild women, incredible highs and extraordinary lows.

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