A release date exchange is taking place. Sony Pictures has opted to push the new Sacha Baron Cohen comedy Grimsby from its July 31, 2015 release date to February 26, 2016, where it will now square off against Paramount’s Ben-Hur remake. We had yet to see any promotional materials from the film just yet, so the release date push isn’t a complete surprise. Cohen stars in the pic as an idiot English soccer (or “football”) hooligan who is the long-lost brother of a British black ops spy (Mark Strong) with whom he is forced to go on the run. Louis Letterier (The Incredible Hulk) directed the comedy, marking his follow-up to the successful Now You See Me, and the supporting cast includes Rebel Wilson and Penelope Cruz.
In Grimsby’s absence, The Weinstein Company has opted to slot the boxing drama Southpaw, which stars an absolutely ripped Jake Gyllenhaal.
Director Antoine Fuqua’s long-developed boxing drama will now get a prime summer release date on July 31st of this year, opening opposite the Point Break remake and the Ryan Reynolds-fronted sci-fi thriller Self/Less. As this is shaping up to be a testosterone-heavy weekend, I imagine one of these other films will subsequently shift.
In Southpaw, Gyllenhaal plays a left-handed boxer who wins a title but suffers various tragedies in his personal life, all while trying to win back the love of his daughter. The cast also includes Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, and Naomie Harris, and as you can see below, Gyllenhaal underwent a pretty dramatic physical transformation for the role.