Jake Gyllenhaal has become one of the best actors of today, outdoing himself with every role. So for me, I look forward to anything the guy does, being one of the handful of actors who truly become the character. While he’s had some incredible characters and roles over the last few years, his next one could be the most exciting yet. Gyllenhaal becomes ripped boxer Billy Hope in this redemption story that takes place inside and outside the ring, the first trailer is below.
Southpaw is about the junior middleweight champion of the world who suffers a tragedy that causes his world to come crashing down around him. To regain the respect and love of his daughter, he fights to put his life back together.
Yeah, I love me a redemption story! I was already looking forward to this before the trailer, and I’m looking forward to it even more now. Gyllenhaal is so mesmerizing every time he’s on screen, if you haven’t seen Nightcrawler you need to asap. Billy Hope looks like another juicy role for Gyllenhaal to sink his teeth into, there’s a good chance we just got a glimpse at the first Oscar contender.
The only thing I would disagree with the trailer is showing what happens to Rachel McAdams. I get that it’s more about father-daughter, but showing that sequence was huge. Just imagine what it would’ve felt like if you saw that for the first time in theaters.
Southpaw opens July 31st, 2015. Directed by Antoine Fuqua starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Naomie Harris, 50 Cent, Clare Foley, and Forest Whitaker.