Naomie Harris Joins Antoine Fuqua’s Boxing Drama Film ‘Southpaw’

British actress Naomie Harris has joined Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker, and Rachel McAdams in Antoine Fuqua’s boxing drama film ‘Southpaw.’

Naomie Harris at the 2013 BAFTA Britannia Awards in Los Angeles on November 10, 2013
Naomie Harris at the 2013 BAFTA Britannia Awards in Los Angeles on November 10, 2013

British actress Naomie Harris (Skyfall / Mandela) has joined Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback MountainPrisoners), Forest Whitaker (The Last King of ScotlandLee Daniels’ The Butler), and Rachel McAdams (The Notebook / A Most Wanted Man) in Antoine Fuqua‘s boxing drama film Southpaw.

Written by Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, the story follows Billy “The Great” Hope (like “Great White Hope”?), played by Gyllenhaal, a welterweight champ whose career soars as his personal life falls apart.

Film synopsis from Yahoo! Movies:

“Cocky, pugnacious, and unpredictable middleweight champ Billy Hope plans to ride out his boxing career with his massive winnings, adoring fans, beloved wife, and their 10 year old daughter. When Billy’s bad temper sparks a fight and the ensuing shootout leaves his wife dead, Billy’s life spins out of control. He turns to drinking and drugs, ignores his daughter, and neglects all responsibilities. When he loses his house, his money, and finally his daughter to a group foster home, Billy struggles to regain his footing and deal with his life, finding guidance from his new amateur trainer, Titus ‘Tick’ Willis.”

Harris will play Angela, a social worker who works with Gyllenhaal’s character and his daughter, while actor Beau Knapp (Super 8The Signal) has also just been added as Jon Jon, Billy Hope’s lifelong best friend who came up with him through foster care and is on the payroll.

Filming for 'Southpaw' (2015) in Downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania via
Filming for ‘Southpaw’ (2015) in Downtown Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania via

Whitaker will co-star as Titus “Tick” Willis, a former fighter forced to retire after losing an eye, as reported by ShadowAndAct. However his plans to return to the sport, but as a trainer, are derailed after his son is killed. McAdams will play Maureen, Billy Hope’s love interest.

Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has been rumored to be in talks to join the cast.

Fuqua also serves as a producer for the film along with Alan Riche, Peter Riche, Harvey Weinstein, Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch.

Set to be released sometime in 2015, Southpaw is being executive produced by The Weinstein Company. You can follow the film on Facebook at

Naomie recently completed filming Susanna White‘s Our Kind Of Traitor opposite Ewan McGregor, and returns to the 007 franchise to reprise her role as Eve Moneypenny in the upcoming Bond 24.


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