Your #1 Source for Affordable Fashion and Celebrity Style!

Follow Us On Social Media F T P G Y R

The Eye

Main Features Galleries Polls

Eminem Quits Boxing Movie, Replaced By Jake Gyllenhaal In ‘Southpaw’; Film Would Have Been ‘Rap God’s’ First Movie Since ‘8 Mile’

SIGN UP TO RECEIVE THE LATEST NEWS FROM FASHION&STYLE

Eminem
(Photo : YouTube) Eminem as Max Headroom in "Rap God."

Eminem has backed out of a starring role in the boxing movie “Southpaw” and has been replaced by Jake Gyllenhaal, now reports say. The film would have been the “Rap God’s” first movie since “8 Mile” in 2002.

Contact Music writes that director Antoine Fuqua has struggled to find a production company before partnering with Weinstein Co. and that Eminem quitting caused additional setbacks. However, luckily Fuqua was able to find a great replacement in Jake Gyllenhaal.

Like Us on Facebook

Gyllenhaal’s character is reportedly “a left-handed welterweight boxing champion. The character's personal life is a mess and in the midst of it hall Gyllenhaal's character will have to fight to become the top boxing contender for his weight.”

If Eminem hadn’t backed out, “Southpaw” would have been his first movie since his critically acclaimed role in the autobiographical “8 Mile.” Eminem also hard a small part in the 2001 film “The Wash” and has participated in voice acting for several video games and the Comedy Central show “Crank Yankers.”

Eminem has come close to acting again since “8 Mile,” but despite playing himself in a few cameos, hasn’t scored any major roles: he was also reportedly considered as a potential star for 2008’s “Jumper” after Tom Sturridge was dropped just two weeks before filming, however, Hayden Christensen eventually got the part. He was reportedly offered the lead role for 2013’s “Elysium” but turned it down and it was given to Matt Damon.

Eminem was originally cast for “Southpaw” in 2010 and seems to have been heavily involved, with Deadline writing that, like “8 Mile,” “Southpaw” “will be fueled by the struggles that inform Eminem’s music and mirror his life.” It will be interesting to see if the similarites remain with Jake Gyllenhaal as the star.

SIGN UP TO RECEIVE THE LATEST NEWS FROM FASHION&STYLE

© 2014 Fashion & Style.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

Mar 10, 2014 03:57 PM EDT

FOLLOW FNS ON TWITTER