The announcement was made in Cannes by producer Pascal Vicedomini. Southpaw is directed by Antoine Fuqua and starred by Jake, Forest Whitaker, Rita Ora and Rachel McAdams and will be released in the US on July 24.
Jake attended today the Carol premiere at Cannes Festival, and I have some HQ pictures added in our gallery. Also, pictures of Charles Finch party held at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc last Friday.
Variety – The Weinstein Co.’s Cannes presentation is always an early launching pad for fall awards season. But on Friday afternoon at the Majestic Hotel, Harvey Weinstein actually started handicapping the 2016 Oscars race from the South of France.
Joined by jury member Jake Gyllenhaal onstage, Weinstein said it was an outrage that the star was snubbed for his performance in “Nightcrawler,” which was released by Open Road Films last fall. “We’ll get revenge,” Weinstein said. “This transformation in ‘Southpaw’ is amazing,” Weinstein added about the upcoming summer movie directed by Antoine Fuqua, where Gyllenhaal plays a professional boxer. Weinstein revealed that “Southpaw” had been selected for Cannes, but it couldn’t play in competition because Gyllenhaal is a member of the jury.
Even though Weinstein compared the film to “Raging Bull,” it also looks like an entertaining summer crowd-pleaser. The new trailer reveals a plot twist involving Rachel McAdams (who plays Gyllenhaal’s wife) that suggests her role in the film might not be large. The drama, which showcases another major transformation for Gyllenaahl, comes across as “Rocky” meets “The Pursuit of Happyness.”
Jake is in Cannes for the 68th Film Festival in which he’s part of the jury, and attended today a photocall and press conference for the jury, as well the opening ceremony – and the guy can really rock a tux! Check the first batch of pictures added in our gallery:
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Jake and director Antoine Fuqua did a very vrief interview to Access Hollywood on the arrivals for HBO/Showtime party on Saturday, which you can watch above. Jake also did a interview to People, talking about his training for the film. Check it:
“The amount of time you have to put into it, the sacrifice that you put into your body, it’s not something that you’re eager to do again, it’s a huge commitment. One thing I know, and we always talk about, is whatever you put into your character, how much commitment you have to put into the movie, all of that energy is in the film, I can feel that energy when people see the film.”
I hate to be so thoughtful, but I would say when you see what people really do when you’re playing a character – I’ve had the opportunity to play a police officer, I’ve had the opportunity to play a sociopath, I’ve had the opportunity to play military, a boxer – and particularly the jobs in the military and the jobs that are physical like this, you’re an actor. There is nothing hard compared to what the people do for real.”