First SOUTHPAW Trailer, Starring Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal

The first trailer for The Weinstein Company’s upcoming boxing redemption drama Southpaw, has been released through Eminem’s social media and news accounts.

The first trailer features Jake Gyllenhaal like you’ve never seen him before and from the looks of the trailer, I’m sure this new film from Antoine Fuqua is going to be one heck of a tearjerker.

The script comes from Kurt Sutter, creator of Sons of Anarchy, and follows a lefthanded prizefighter who wins a title but then suffers a tragedy and must fight his way back to the top after he loses custody of his daughter.

Southpaw opens July 31st, and also appears Forest Whitaker, 50 Cent, Rachel McAdams, Naomie Harris, Victor Ortiz, Tyrese Gibson, Clare Foley, Beau Knapp, Oona Laurence and Rita Ora. Eminem was originally attached to star in the film, but he dropped out and will provide some new music for it.

Watch the trailer below.

To me, they show too much of the movie in the first trailer. Gyllenhaal looks great, but I have a feeling the daughter is a scene-stealer.

From acclaimed director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) and starring Academy Award® nominated Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler, Enemy) 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 in-eloquent, 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.

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