DreamWorks Studios has released the first photos and official synopsis for Real Steel, the futuristic boxing drama set in a world where human competitors have been replaced completely by robot boxers. Hugh Jackman stars as a former boxer, now out of work, who teams up with his estranged son (Dakota Goyo) to build and train their very own cybernetic competitor. Evangeline Lilly (Lost), Kevin Durand (Lost) and Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker) co-star with Shawn Levy (Date Night) directing.
The movie features a mixture of live-action and CGI effects, meaning that there are times that Jackman et al will act opposite real-life animatronic robots. Levy explained: "There are some things only visual effects can pull off ... But when you give an actor a real thing, in this case a real 8-foot-tall machine, to interact with and do dialogue opposite, you get a more grounded reality to the performance."
A gritty, white-knuckle, action ride set in the near-future, where the sport of boxing has gone hi-tech, “Real Steel” stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback.
“Real Steel” is directed by Shawn Levy (“Night at the Museum” franchise and “Date Night”).