With the exception of his cameo appearance in Judd Apatow’s Funny People, Eminem aka Marshall Mathers hasn’t appeared in a feature film since his debut in 2002′s 8 Mile. The movie earned him an Oscar for the song “Lose Yourself” and the respect of millions of people who were surprised to learn that he could actually act. Since then he’s said on more than one occasion that he’d love to do more films but he’s waiting for the right project and we think he’s found it!
According to Deadline, Eminem is gearing up to star in the DreamWorks production Southpaw, a pitch for a film to be written by “Sons of Anarchy” creator/executive producer Kurt Sutter. The basic premise centers on “a fast-rising welterweight boxer who brawls his way to the title, only to see his world crash down around him due to tragedy. The movie is about his fight to reclaim past glory.”
Sutter says that Southpaw is somewhat of a “continuation of the 8 mile story.” Eminem won’t be playing the character just someone with similar struggles. Sutter continued, “rather than a literal biography, we are doing a metaphorical narrative of the second chapter of his life. At its core, this is a retelling of his struggles over the last five years of his life, using the boxing analogy.”
If they moved a few pieces of the story around, does Southpaw sound like The Fighter to you? You can’t go wrong with an underdog boxing story.
What do you think of Eminem stepping into the ring for Southpaw?