Deadline is reporting that Rachel is the top choice to play the female lead in “Southpaw” alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Lupita Nyong’o and Forest Whitaker with Antoine Fuqua set to direct.

Southpaw, the long-gestating Kurt Sutter-scripted drama about a fighter who tries to overcome adversity to recapture glory, is finally getting close to the start line. I’m hearing that The Weinstein Company and director Antoine Fuqua have made Rachel McAdams their choice to play the female lead alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, with Forest Whitaker talks to play the boxing trainer who tries to guide his fighter back after his world is shattered by personal tragedy. It sends him on a downward spiral and puts his young daughter in a bad spot. I’m hearing TWC is courting 12 Years A Slave Oscar winner Lupita Nyong‘o to play the social worker watching out for the kid. Alan Riche and Peter Riche are producing with Todd Black and Jason Blumenthal. Fuqua has brought his Equalizer scribe Richard Wenk on for a rewrite.

Deadline previously reported that the movie is expected to start filming this summer.

  • Carla Ramos
    Posted on May 15, 2014

    I hope the news is real and comes to fruition. Anxiously awaiting delivery, more than deserved the oscar our beloved Rachel. With so much talent and kindness in her heart, she is more than deserving. God bless increasingly brighten their days and their ways!