The Weinstein Company has released a new TV spot for Southpaw, the upcoming boxing drama starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a boxer returning to the ring after a tragic incident. And as with the first trailer for the Antoine Fuqua-helmed film, the spot all but spells out the contours of the story, including a major death and the strained relationship between Gyllenhaal’s character and his daughter. This isn’t exactly a new tactic in trailer cutting but it’s especially disheartening with seemingly serious dramas like Southpaw that have less narrative hairpin turns than, say, Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Somewhat more shocking is the film’s sentimentality, especially concerning the father-daughter relationship. Kurt Sutter, the film’s screenwriter and former Sons of Anarchy creator, isn’t exactly known for gooey storylines, even when the family drama in the FX series got especially convoluted and “extreme.” Still, any boxing film pivots on its ability to film the bouts, from Raging Bull to Ali, and Fuqua’s camera has proven to have the speed and intensity to match Gyllenhaal’s flying fists.
Southpaw will be released on July 24th. Check out the TV spot below, via TWC:
Here’s the official synopsis:
From director Antoine Fuqua (TRAINING DAY) and writers Kurt Sutter (SONS OF ANARCHY) and Richard Wenk (THE MECHANIC) comes SOUTHPAW – the story of Billy “The Great” Hope, Junior Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World. When tragedy strikes and he loses it all, Billy enters the battle of his life as he struggles to become a contender once again and win back those he loves. SOUTHPAW stars Academy Award® nominee Jake Gyllenhaal, Academy Award® winner Forest Whitaker, Rachel McAdams, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Rita Ora, Naomie Harris and Victor Ortiz.