Last year saw Jake Gyllenhaal completely transform for his critically renowned performance as the psychopathic Louis Bloom, in the nail-bitingly resonating Nightcrawler. Well, he's dong it again for Southpaw and it has received an intense first trailer.
I'm a huge fan of Gyllenhaal's. His films, of late, have been incredible and his performances, even more so! Just last year, he completely transformed and lost 30lbs for what was not only my favourite film of 2014 but also my favourite performance of 2014, Nightcrawler. Well, this year will see him take on the role of boxer Billy "The Great" Hope, in director Antoine Fuqua's Southpaw, and, once again, he has transformed and is completely unrecognisable after having bulked up for the film.
Based on the first trailer for Southpaw, Gyllenhaal has, yet again, struck gold. The reveal arrived, earlier today, via Eminem's Youtube account (who was previously tapped to play Hope but will have a song in the picture instead) and it is pretty damn intense. I love films like this. The actor has clearly undergone a lot of intense training for the role and combine this with his Oscar-worthy set of acting talents, we could have something pretty special on our hands with this. Southpaw just missed out on my most anticipated of 2015 but it's definitely one I'm excited for. It looks action-packed, it looks dramatic, it looks intense and it looks awesome. I'm excited to see what Gyllenhaal does with this. Could we have an Oscar contender on our hands? We'll just have to wait and see.
Here's the film's official synopsis:
From acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY) and starring Academy Award® nominated Jake Gyllenhaal (NIGHTCRAWLER, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN) comes a story of tragedy, loss and the painful road to redemption… Billy “The Great” Hope (Gyllenhaal) is the reigning Junior Middleweight Champion whose unorthodox stance, the so-called “Southpaw,” consists of an ineloquent, though brutal, display of offensive fighting… one fueled by his own feelings of inadequacy and a desperate need for love, money and fame. With a beautiful family, home and financial security, Billy is on top both in and out of the ring until a tragic accident leaves his wife dead and sends him into a downward spiral. His days now an endless haze of alcohol and prescription drugs, his daughter taken by Child Services and his home repossessed by the bank, Billy’s fate is all but sealed until a washed up former boxer named Tick agrees to take the bereaved pugilist under his wing so long as he agrees to his strict ethos. 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 as he learns that, sometimes, your greatest opponent can be yourself.
With Antoine Fuqua at the helm, and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker, 50 Cent, Rita Ora and Rachel McAdams, Southpaw is set to hit cinemas on July 31st, 2015.
Check out the trailer below:
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Founder of Oasis Awais, and avid lover of life, Awais Irfan's love of writing and film is unequivocal. Ever since he was a little kid, he has loved the cinematic experience; so much so, he is studying Film Production in Glasgow and hopes to be the next "big thing" in directing.