Southpaw trailer: Jake Gyllenhaal bulks up to play Billy ‘The Great’ Hope

The Weinstein Company released the first trailer for the Jake Gyllenhaal film ‘Southpaw’ earlier today. The film follows the boxing-career of Billy ‘The Great’ Hope.

The film was directed by Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY) and stars Academy Award nominated Jake Gyllenhaal (NIGHTCRAWLER, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN) Rachel McAdams and Rita Ora. Billy Hope became the Junior Middleweight Champion, made popular with fans by his unorthodox ‘Southpaw’ stance, and brutality in the ring. The film focuses on Hope’s family and career, both at one time was picture-perfect. All of that changed when a tragic accident took Hope’s wife and sent him into a downward spiral.

Hope became dependent on alcohol and prescription drugs to get him through the day, soon his daughter was taken by Child Services and his home was repossessed by the bank. At Billy’s lowest point, a washed up former boxer named Tick agreed to take the former-star pugilist under his wing, only with a few strict guidelines that Hope had to agree to.

The studio describes the film saying, “Relentless and utterly committed to a fighter that thinks as much as he throws punches, Tick rebuilds Billy into a new man: one that is agile, fearsome and uncompromising in the ring while thoughtful, loving and disciplined outside of it. Now, as he works to regain custody of his daughter and mounts a professional comeback, Billy must face his demons head-on.”

Gyllenhaal is also working on ‘Demolition’ which is also set to release this year, the film will also star Naomi Watts and Chris Cooper. The actor will work with Antoine Fuqua again in the film ‘The Man Who Made it Snow.’ The film hasn’t started filming at this time but will tell the story of Max Mermelstein, a Jewish hotel engineer, who transforms a small mom and pop drug organization into a billion-dollar enterprise known as the Medellin Cartel. Fuqua will also direct that film, with Michael Kingston and Brett Tabor writing the script.

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