First Look: Hugh Jackman & Bot from Shawn Levy's Real Steel
Are you ready to rumbleeee? USA Today has debuted the first photo from upcoming DreamWorks / Disney movie Real Steel being directed by Shawn Levy (of the Night at the Museum films). Hugh Jackman stars as a struggling robot boxing promoter, in the year 2020, who thinks he's found a champion in a discarded robot. However, during his hopeful rise to the top, he also discovers he has an 11-year-old son who wants to know his father. This first photo is an appropriate tease of the robot, but apparently that thing was actually built in real-life. In fact, 19 different "animatronic giants" were created to shoot with while on set. Read on!
Real Steel was written by Leslie Bohem and John Gatins and is based on a short story by Richard Matheson.
Update: A second new photo below (with Shawn Levy) and high quality version of the original photo above!
"The moment of walking in and seeing these robots, my jaw was on the floor," Jackman said. Filming began up in Michigan for Real Steel today. They will be using motion capture for scenes where robots are actually fighting (with Sugar Ray Leonard as their boxing adviser). "There are some things only visual effects can pull off," Levy explains. "But when you give an actor a real thing, in this case a real 8-foot-tall machine, to interact with and do dialogue opposite, you get a more grounded reality to the performance." Jackman's robot's name is Atom, a fighting robot they found in a junkyard and hope to train to become the champion of the World Robot Boxing League. Real Steel is scheduled for release on November 18th, 2011 next year.