Dakota Goyo to Play Hugh Jackman's Son in Real Steel
03.22.10 by BrentJS
After a search that included an open call to young actors, DreamWorks has cast 11-year-old Dakota Goyo as Max, the son of the character that will be played by Hugh Jackman, in director Shawn Levy's new movie, Real Steel. Described as a "street-smart, tough, charming kid with a hard, untrusting outer shell which hides a warm enthusiastic spirit," Max is the son that Jackman's character never knew that he had.
Real Steel, the first joint production between DreamWorks and Disney, is set in a near-future world where human boxers have been replaced by robot fighters. The story revolves around an ex-fighter (Jackman) who becomes a Robot Boxing promoter after discovering a junked robot that can't be beat in the ring. Jackman's character uses the robot to climb the ranks of the Robot Boxing circuit, all the while getting acquainted with his newly-found son.
The original script by Dan Gilroy has gone through two re-writes, first by Les Bohem, and then by John Gatins. Levy is producing, with
Steven Spielberg executive producing, among others. The movie is in pre-production, aimed at a November 2011 release.