Jake Gyllenhaal to Throw Punches in Weinstein Company's 'Southpaw'
For those who don't know, there's a great story going around from Jake Gyllenhaal himself about how he bombed an audition to play Frodo Baggins in Lord of the Rings. But obviously, one failed audition hasn't crippled his career, and Gyllenhaal is doing just fine, especially with this year's performance in the thrilling drama Prisoners. Now the actor has lined up the lead role in a long gestating project as The Wrap reports Gyllenhaal will star in Southpaw, the boxing drama from director Antoine Fuqua and "Sons of Anarchy" creator Kurt Sutter that rapper Eminem was circling as a potential follow-up to his acting debut in 8 Mile.
As the title indicates, Gyllenhaal will play a left-handed, fast-rising, welterweight boxer who brawls his way to the title, only to see his world crash down around him due to tragedy and he must fight to win back his life for his young daughter. Production is expected to begin next year, and though the film is set in the world of boxing, Fuqua has said the film is really about a man learning to be a father. It sounds like the project will finally make it to the big screen after making the rounds through DreamWorks, MGM and Sony with The Weinstein Company finally getting things done. Sound good?