hugh jackman real steel

Actor Hugh Jackman is currently on Broadway opposite Daniel Craig in the drama A Steady Rain, but that hasn’t kept him from landing another feature film role. According to Variety, Jackman is in negotiations to star in the Shawn Levy directed film Real Steel. When the project first surfaced a few weeks ago details were scarce, and the cast was nonexistent, but now we have some developments on both fronts.

According to the trade, here’s a brief description of the main character and story for Real Steel.

Jackman is in talks to star as “an ex-fighter who becomes a promoter when human boxing is outlawed for being too violent. The new gladiators are 2000-pound robots with human qualities. The ex-fighter’s 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. The ex-fighter has also discovered he’s the father of a 13-year old son, and they bond as the robot brawls its way toward the top.

Steven Spielberg is on board to executive produce with his DreamWorks banner, as well as, Don Murphy and Susan Montford from Angry Films. A while back it was rumored that Peter Berg was attached to helm the project, but his deal fell through and Levy was hired instead. Production on Real Steel is scheduled to begin sometime before next summer to accommodate the busy schedules of both Jackman and Levy.

What do you think of Hugh Jackman joining the cast of Real Steel?