Looks like Eminem is getting in front of the camera again. Last time we saw him, it was in 8 Mile, a film I really enjoyed. This time, he’ll be starring in Southpaw, a boxing drama. According to Collider, he’ll play “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 screenplay is from Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter. Sutter recently spoke about the film and said that in some way, it would be a continuation of 8 Mile.
When speaking about the film, Sutter said the following:
“In a way, this is a continuation of the 8 Mile story, but rather than a literal biography, we are doing a metaphorical narrative of the second chapter of his life. He’ll play a world champion boxer who really hits a hard bottom, and has to fight to win back his life for his young daughter. At its core, this is a retelling of his struggles over the last five years of his life, using the boxing analogy. I love that the title refers to Marshall being a lefty, which is to boxing what a white rapper is to hip hop; dangerous, unwanted and completely unorthodox. It’s a much harder road for a southpaw than a right handed boxer.”
Sounds interesting to me. And if Eminem’s acting is as good here as it was in 8 Mile, this will be one to watch out for.