The Weinstein Company are looking to get moving on boxing drama “Southpaw,” which has Jake Gyllenhaal in the starring role, and Deadline is reporting Forest Whitaker, Rachel McAdams and Lupita Nyong’o are the studio’s top choices for three of the roles.
Antoine Fuqua is directing the film about Gyllenhaal’s character, “a fighter who tries to overcome adversity to recapture glory” after a personal tragedy shatters his world and puts his young daughter at risk. McAdams is being courted to play the female lead role, likely that of a love interest, while Whitaker will play the trainer trying to get him back in the ring. TWC want Nyong’o for the role of a social worker who watches out for the daughter. It sounds like deals are far from finalized, but this would be a hell of a cast if the studio gets their way.
McAdams was last seen in “About Time” opposite Domhnall Gleeson and will next have John le Carre adaptation “A Most Wanted Man” and Cameron Crowe’s latest opposite Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone coming out. Nyong’o made her big screen debut in “12 Years a Slave” and won an Oscar. She is linked to an adaptation of award-winning Africa-set novel “Americanah” and will voice Rakcha, the wolf who adopts Mowgli, in Jon Favreau’s live action “The Jungle Book.”
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