Boxing drama Southpaw has recently been resuscitated with Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead. Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Olympus Has Fallen) is directing, and there’s now some further casting news. Forrest Whitaker is in late-stage talks to play a washed up prizefighter.
Jake is set to play Billy “The Great” Hope, a left-handed prizefighter who wins a title but suffers a tragedy soon after and must put his life back together to earn the respect of his young daughter. Whitaker is making a deal to play the other lead of Titus ‘Tick’ Willis, a former fighter who was forced to retire after losing an eye and now trains amateur fighters.
Production is now scheduled to start this summer.
Source: The Wrap