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Actor Jake Gyllenhaal is rumored to star in Southpaw, a boxing drama directed by Training Day's Antoine Fuqua.
The Wrap reported that the role was once offered to rapper Eminem.
The film has received the run-around. First it was pitched to Dreamworks, and when they dropped out, MGM planned to distribute through Sony, but that was also dropped. The Weinstein Company then picked it up and is following through with the movie.
If the film deal is signed, then Gyllenhaal will play a left-handed boxer who is hit by tragedy soon after a big win in the ring. He must put his life back together to fix his relationship with his daughter.
"It's about boxing but it's not about boxing," Fuqua told The LA Times. "The heart of the movie is about a man learning to be a father."
Kurt Sutter, creator of Sons of Anarchy, was hired to write the script, and production is scheduled to start next year.
Gyllenhaal has recently received great critical acclaim for his roles in End of Watch and Prisoners and will appear in Denis Villeneuve's Enemy, Baltasar Kormakur's Everest, and Dan Gilroy's Nightcrawler.