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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”.

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Kevin Durand is in talks to join two DreamWorks sci-fi action films:

  • Michael Bay/Steven Spielberg-produced D.J. Caruso-directed adaptation of James Frey and Jobie Hughes‘s teen sci-fi alien book I Am Number Four
  • Shawn Levy‘s futuristic robot boxing movie Real Steel

Durand played bad guy Martin Keamy in Season 6 of Lost, Joshua on the Show Dark Angel, and has hard parts in Walking Tall, Smokin’ Aces, Wild Hogs, 3:10 to Yuma, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Legion, and recently played Little John in Robin Hood. More details on both projects after the jump.

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Dakota Goyo Cast in Real Steel

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DreamWorks’ has hired 11-year-old Canadian Dakota Goyo for the lead role in Shawn Levy‘s futuristic robot boxing movie Real Steel. Goyo has worked mostly on Canadian television, but appeared alongside Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Hartnett in Resurrecting the Champ and more recently in the Woody Harrelson indie superhero dramedy Defendor.

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Dreamworks Issues Casting Call for Real Steel

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Disney’s Touchtone Pictures and DreamWorks’ have issued a public casting call, searching for the lead role for 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 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.

They are searching fora 10-14 year-old boy to play the role of 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.” Full press release, which includes a link to the casting sides (a small portion of the script), after the jump.

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Real Steel in November 2011

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Disney’s Touchtone Pictures have officially set a release date for DreamWorks’ first independent movie, Shawn Levy‘s futuristic robot boxing movie Real Steel. The film is set to hit theaters on November 18th 2011. The 23rd James Bond film and Happy Feet 2 are also currently occupying the date, but I would expect that to change.

The second weekend of November is one of the bigger release dates at the box office. Waerner Bros has released three of the Harry Potter films (Goblet of Fire, Sorcerer’s Stone, and Chamber of Secrets) on that spot, earning anywhere from $88-$102 million. Recently, Summit Entertainment has staked claim on the weekend for the first two films in the Twilight series.

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You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us next Tuesday at 9 PM EST / 6 PM PST at Slashfilm’s live page as we review The Road.

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You might remember back in September that we reported Hugh Jackman as being in talks to star in Shawn Levy‘s futuristic robot boxing movie Real Steel.  Variety now confirms that Jackman has indeed signed on to star in the sci-fi sports drama, which will go into production in June 2010 with an $80 million budget.

This will be DreamWorks first greenlit movie following their split from Paramount, and since raising $650 million from both J.P. Morgan Securities and Reliance Big Pictures and an additional $175 million from Disney. But can they make a big sci-fi movie for $80 million? That’s about half to one third of the average big hollywood sci-fi tentpole release now-a-days.

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Back in September we heard that Night at the Museum and Date Night director Shawn Levy might be doing a movie called Real Steel, which depicts a world in which people get their kicks watching robots beat the hell out of each other. Then we heard that Hugh Jackman was the frontrunner as the lead role. Now Levy is out promoting Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian on DVD, and he’s confirmed that Jackman is who he wants for the lead. He’s also talking more about the plot, which he says is “more Rocky than Transformers.” Robo-Rocky? Oh, joy! Read More »

Hugh Jackman in Talks For Real Steel

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Hugh Jackman is in talks to star in Shawn Levy‘s futuristic robot boxing movie Real Steel. The film tells the story of a father and his estranged 13-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.

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