A new clip been released from Southpaw, the upcoming boxing drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
The film sees Gyllenhaal play Billy Hope, a boxing champion who hits rock bottom after tragedy strikes and his manager and friend (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson) leaves him. He ends up turning to a retired fighter (Forest Whitaker) at his local gym in order to hit that road to redemption.
We’ve been looking forward to this one for some time now. Written by Kurt Sutter (known for his TV work on The Shield and Sons of Anarchy) and directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Shooter, Olympus Has Fallen, The Equalizer), this looks to have all the grittiness that you could ask for in an “inspiring” kind of story. Early reviews have been a little mixed, but most of the qualms seem to centre around the safe tropes of the inspirational boxing genre – and we’re completely cool with that, assuming the harder elements do their job.
It’s Gyllenhaal’s performance that appears to be one of the film’s strongest calling card. The actor has been putting in very strong turns for a while now, and his buffed-up and downbeat part here follows on from his seriously impressive role as a gaunt, twisted amateur crime journalist in last year’s Nightcrawler.
There’s a strong supporting cast here too, including Rachel McAdams, who you can see pleading with Gyllenhaal’s Billy regarding his career choice in the clip below.
In case you haven’t already, or simply want a refresher, watch the trailer HERE.
Southpaw, also starring Clare Foley, Miguel Gomez, Victor Ortiz, Rita Ora and Naomie Harris, hits U.S. cinemas on July 24 and Australian cinemas on August 20.
Official synopsis for Southpaw:
From acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY) and screenwriters Kurt Sutter (“Sons of Anarchy”) and Richard Wenk (THE MECHANIC), SOUTHPAW tells the riveting story of Billy “The Great” Hope, reigning Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World (Academy Award® nominee Jake Gyllenhaal). Billy Hope seemingly has it all with an impressive career, a beautiful and loving wife (Rachel McAdams), an adorable daughter (Oona Laurence) and a lavish lifestyle. When tragedy strikes and his lifelong manager and friend (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson) leaves him behind, Hope hits rock bottom and turns to an unlikely savior at a run-down local gym: Tick Willis (Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker), a retired fighter and trainer to the city’s toughest amateur boxers. With his future riding on Tick’s guidance and tenacity, Billy enters the hardest battle of his life as he struggles with redemption and to win back the trust of those he loves.