lupOscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o and Rachel McAdams are currently in talks to star in the upcoming drama film about boxing, “Southpaw,” Cinema Blend wrote.
The film will be directed by Antoine Fuqua with rapper Eminem originally playing the lead character. But as developments of the project pushed through, the role for the film’s lead went to Jake Gyllenhaal.
Gyllenhaal will play a welterweight boxer who has experienced a downfall in his professional boxing career. The film will center on the character’s struggles to improve his career as he battles with substance abuse.
Apart from the three actors mentioned, “Southpaw” will also feature Forest Whitaker, who is said to portray former boxing champion Totus “Tick” Willis. After retiring from boxing, Willis tried to become a trainer but the sudden death of his child prevented him from doing so.
McAdams is being groomed for the lead female role in the film. Although no details have been released about her role as of late, Cinema Blend opined that the actress will play the love interest of Gyllenhaal’s character.
As for Nyong’o, the “12 Years a Slave” breakout star, she is to portray a social worker who cares for the main character’s daughter in the film. Her profession will eventually lead her to become involved in the life of the fallen boxer.
The director of the upcoming project is yet to announce a possible release date.
Aside from “Southpaw,” Nyong’o is also expected to appear in the crime thriller “Who Shot The Sheriff.”  Additionally, Lupita is also to take part as one of the voices in John Favreau’s live-action film “The Jungle Book,” alongside Scarlett Johansson and Idris Elba. Nyong’o will be the voice of Raksha, the mother wolf who cared for the story’s protagonist, Mowgli.
McAdams, on the other hand, is set to appear on the big screen soon for the upcoming thriller “A Most Wanted Man,” where she plays lead alongside the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. As for Whitaker, he is joining Liam Neeson in the third installment of the “Taken” films.
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