Jake Gyllenhaal is currently enjoying a run of great films, and a massive boost to his career and fans respect. Turns in films like Prisoners, Nightcrawler, Enemy and End of Watch have proved that Gyllenhaal can put his acting skills to anything, and now he has put those skills to the test once more.
After losing weight for his disturbing performance in Nightcrawler with his long hair and big bug-eyes, he has now beefed up for a boxing film which looks like it could be one of the best in years. With director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, The Equalizer) at the helm, Southpaw looks terrific.
The first trailer has now hit, and while the boxing itself looks savage and intense, it is the emotional story running through the films core which looks really impressive, giving Gyllenhaal the chance to let rip on a powerful, emotional role that once again he appears to have nailed.
Southpaw is directed by Antoine Fuqua, and is written by Kurt Sutter and Richard Wenk. Jake Gyllenhaal heads up the cast, which also includes Forest Whitaker, 50 Cent, Rita Ora, Naomie Harris and Rachel McAdams.
The film punches into cinemas on 31st July.
From director Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY) and writers Kurt Sutter (SONS OF ANARCHY) and Richard Wenk (THE MECHANIC) comes SOUTHPAW – the story of Billy “The Great” Hope, Junior Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World. When tragedy strikes and he loses it all, Billy enters the battle of his life as he struggles to become a contender once again and win back those he loves. SOUTHPAW stars Academy Award® nominee Jake Gyllenhaal, Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker, Rachel McAdams, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Rita Ora, Naomie Harris and Victor Ortiz. In theaters July 2015.