Several months ago, the first domestic and international trailer of Antoine Fuqua’s Southpaw was released, sparking eager anticipation and sheer excitement amongst fans of boxing, Jake Gyllenhaal and Eminem alike. Last night, a second trailer was released, promising an increase of desperation for this heart-pounding success story to be released to cinemas, which will be happening on July 24 (USA).
Gyllenhaal – who is reluctant to be pinned down at the moment – stars as boxing icon Billy Hope, an athlete on the verge of retirement just before his wife, Maureen (Rachel McAdams), is shot-dead during an altercation between Hope and another boxer. As Hope’s mentality deteriorates, he loses his daughter, Leila (Oona Laurence), to child protection services to shield her from his dangerously destructive behaviour. With the motivation of his money-making agent (Curtis Jackson), Hope steps back into the ring with old-school boxing coach Titus Willis (Forest Whitaker) in his corner, and fights for his daughter.