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SOUTHPAW: Antoine Fuqua is Directing the Jake Gyellenhaal Boxing Film

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Antoine Fuqua is Directing Southpaw. The selection of Antoine Fuqua answers the question of who will direct Jake Gyellenhaal in the upcoming boxing film. “Jake Gyllenhaal is now set to star as a [left-handed] welterweight champion who rises in his profession while his personal life falls apart.”

On the people behind the scenes:

written by Sons Of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter…The picture, financed by The Weinstein Company…The project is being produced by Fuqua, Alan Riche and Peter Riche.

On the production of the film:

[it] will start before the cameras this summer.

A major role in the film left unfilled:

The other lead role of Titus “Tick” Willis has yet to be cast. Tick is a former fighter who was forced into retirement after losing his eye. His attempt to refashion himself as a pro trainer is derailed when his son is killed. Deadline says that Southpaw “plays to cultural diversity,” which I guess means Tick is likely to be played by a non-white actor.

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Source: Slashfilm, Deadline

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