Hugh Jackman Looking for an Unknown to Star with Him in Real Steel
02.13.10 by BJSprecher
DreamWorks is giving an aspiring young actor the opportunity to star alongside Hugh Jackman in the futuristic robot boxing movie Real Steel, the company's first movie since splitting with Paramount.
Jackman and director Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum) announced the open call on Access Hollywood, directing interested actors to check out the role description and conditions.
Jackman will play a former boxer who discovers a junked robot that simply can't be beat in the ring and starts promoting it on the Robot Boxing circuit. The part that DreamWorks is looking to fill is that of Max, the 11-year-old son of Jackman's character, described as a "street-smart, tough, charming kid with a hard, untrusting outer shell which hides a warm enthusiastic spirit."
The script for Real Steel was originally written by Dan Gilroy (Two for the Money), but has been reworked several times, most recently by John Gatins (Harmony and Me). The movie is in pre-production, aimed at a November 2011 release.