Posted on Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker) and Evangeline Lilly (Lost) have been cast in Shawn Levy‘s futuristic robot boxing movie Real Steel.
The film, set to hit theaters on November 18th 2011, tells the story of a father and his estranged 11-year-old son who enter the world of robotic boxing. You see, in the future, human boxing has been outlawed, replaced with sports combat between human-trained 2000-pound heavy steel robots. Levy has described the story as “rousing sports movie”.
Hugh Jackman will play an ex-fighter who has “to reinvent himself when human boxers are replaced by robots” and finds that he has an 11-year-old son. He decides to become a promoter , but “access to sub-standard robot parts hampers his hopes for glory in Robot Boxing, until he discovers a discarded robot that always seems to win.” He bonds with his son over the robot fights.
Mackie and Lilly join 11-year-old Canadian Dakota Goyo , who plays the lead role — Max, described as “a street-smart, tough, charming kid with a hard, untrusting outer shell which hides a warm enthusiastic spirit beneath. He is a complicated, strong-willed and resourceful boy.” Kevin Durand also co-stars as a Texan promoter of robot boxing.
Mackie will play a boxing promoter, and Lilly will portray a friend of Jackman’s character.