I don’t know what catalyzed Jake Gyllenhaal into the career resurgence he is in right now, but I’m excited for whatever he is going to do next.
The first trailer for Southpaw dropped on Friday, which stars Gyllenhaal as Billy “The Great” Hope, Junior Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World. The film, from The Equalizer director Antoine Fuqua, also stars Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Rita Ora, Naomie Harris and Victor Ortiz.
Southpaw follows Hope as he struggles through a tragedy and tries to get himself back in shape to become a contender once again. This film’s main selling point is certainly the performance by Gyllenhaal and how he is able to immerse himself into a role again, much like he did in Enemy, Prisoners, End of Watch, and Nightcrawler.
Fuqua has been dipping into bigger movies lately with The Equalizer and Olympus Has Fallen, but it looks like Southpaw could be more in line with his most famous work, Training Day, with the director focusing more on a character than big action set pieces.
Southpaw hits theaters on July 31. Read the synopsis for the film and watch the trailer below:
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.