First Photos: Real Steel

Update: This story has been updated with an additional photo and both photos are now uncropped and high resolution images.

Dreamworks/Walt Disney Pictures has released the first couple production photos from Shawn Levy's futuristic robot boxing movie Real Steel.. Want to see a glimpse of what the robotic boxing robots of the future look like? Hit the jump.

Real Steel

Real Steel

USA Today has a story running on Tuesday witha couple interesting bits:

  • The robots used in the movie are practical / real props — 19 real-life animatronic 8-foot-tall robot fighters were created for the production.
  • Spielberg encouraged Levy to use a mix of real and computer generated, so the fighting sequences will involve Motion-capture animation.
  • Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard is apparently working as an adviser in the fight sequences.
  • Read the whole article on

    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.

    Davis will 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. Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker)  will play a boxing promoter and Evangeline Lilly (Lost) will portray a friend of Jackman's character. Hope Davis (About Schmidt), James Rebhorn (Independence Day, The Game) and Olga Fonda (Love Hurts) also have roles.