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Forest Whitaker in talks for Gyllenhaal drama

1 of 1 Forest Whitaker nearing deal for Southpaw
Forest Whitaker nearing deal for Southpaw

Forest Whitaker is in talks to join Jake Gyllenhaal in the upcoming boxing drama Southpaw.

The drama from Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) is about Billy 'The Great' Hope (Gyllenaal), a title-winning left-handed prizefighter whose victory is marred by a personal tragedy.

Billy must get his life back on track and regain the respect of his young daughter.

Whitaker is in negotiations to play Titus 'Tick' Willis, a former prizefighter who was forced to retire after losing an eye, according to The Wrap.

Fuqua will direct from a script by Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy).

Production on Southpaw is scheduled to begin this summer.

Eminem was previously attached to the leading role, before Gyllenhaal took over.

Oscar-winning actor Whitaker was most recently seen in Lee Daniels' The Butler.

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