May 21, 2014
Open Casting Call is reporting that there will be an open casting for “Southpaw” this Saturday (May 24) in Indiana and the second one is next week (May 31) in Pittsburg. Filming will start next month until early August and the casting call seems to confirm that Rachel, Lupita Nyong’o, and Forest Whitaker officially joined Jake Gyllenhaal in the movie. Keep in mind that Rachel’s involvement has only been reported so far, still no word from TWC and/or Rachel’s reps (but they haven’t denied the rumors either).
The Weinstein Company and Hope Films in association with Richie Productions, Escape Artists, and Fuqua Films are now prepping to shoot the feature film Southpaw starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, and Forest Whitaker. The casting directors have scheduled two open casting calls. One will be on Saturday May 24, 2014 in Indiana, Pennsylvania which is about 1-hour east of Pittsburgh. The second will be on May 31, 2014 in Pittsburgh. Film crew members can can submit resumes to the production office. Filming will take place in both Pittsburgh and Indiana from mid-June through early-August.
Southpaw centers on cocky, aggressive, volatile middleweight champion Billy Hope. He expects to ride out his career with his massive winnings, his adoring fans, his beloved wife Maureen and their 10 year old daughter Leila. When Billy’s temper triggers a fight, and then a shootout that leaves Maureen dead, Billy finds his life spiraling out of control. He takes to drinking and doing drugs, ignores the heart-broken Leila, and ignores his finances. When he loses his house, his money and finally Leila, who winds up in a group foster home, he begins to find his way back to some kind of balance with the help of amateur trainer Titus “Tick” Willis, who has his own demons but who turns out to be the perfect trainer for Billy.
Starring in Southpaw is Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead role of Billy Hope. Also starring is Screen Actors Guild Awards nominee Rachel McAdams, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, and Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker. Black Reel Awards winner Antoine Fuqua will direct from an original screenplay by Primetime Emmy Award nominee Kurt Sutter, with rewrites by Richard Wenk. Producers are Jason Blumenthal, Todd Black, Steve Tisch, Alan Riche and Peter Riche.
Producers: Jason Blumenthal, Todd Black, Steve Tisch, Alan Riche, Peter Riche
Writer: Kurt Sutter
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Lupita Nyong’o, Forest Whitaker
Story: Gyllenhaal is set to play Billy “The Great” Hope, a left-handed prizefighter who wins a title but suffers a tragedy soon after and must put his life back together to earn the respect of his young daughter. Whitaker will play Titus “Tick” Willis, a former fighter who was forced to retire after losing an eye and now trains amateur fighters.
If you find out more about the casting call be sure to head over to Open Casting Call!