Anthony Mackie, Evangeline Lilly Join "Real Steel"

5/12/2010 Posted by Admin

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Anthony Mackie, Evangeline Lilly Join "Real Steel"

By our guest blogger, Matt Jussim

Anthony Mackie ("Eagle Eye," "Notorious") and Evangeline Lilly ("Lost," "Afterwards") have joined the cast of Hugh Jackman led "Real Steel" for DreamWorks Pictures.

According to ComingSoon:  Mackie and Lilly ("Lost"), who each had roles in "The Hurt Locker," are joining Hugh Jackman in the Shawn Levy-directed film.

The film is based on a short story by Richard Matheson that was originally adapted into an original "Twilight Zone" episode that starred Lee Marvin.

Set in the near future, in which boxers have been replaced by human-controlled two-ton robots, Hugh Jackman portrays a former boxer-turned-manager who reunites with his estranged son to take his fighter to the championships.

Jackman will play an ex-fighter who becomes a promoter when human boxing is outlawed for being too violent. The new gladiators are 2,000-pound robots with human qualities.

The ex-fighter's access to sub-standard robot parts hampers his hopes for glory in Robot Boxing, until he discovers a discarded robot that always seems to win. The ex-fighter also has discovered he's the father of a 13-year old son (Dakota Goyo), and they bond as the robot brawls its way toward the top.

Mackie will play a boxing promoter while Lilly will portray a friend of Jackman's character.

I love Jackman, but I’m even more excited about Mackie and Lilly being added to the cast. Anyone who watches “Lost” knows Lilly is great, but Mackie might be the best actor of the bunch. He was fantastic in “The Hurt Locker” and over the years, he has put together some fine acting roles.

The story sounds a bit weird, but knowing that it is adapted from a Richard Matheson short story makes it better. He is considered to be one of the best sci-fi writers of his time, and many of the “Twilight Zone” episodes he was involved in are considered classics.

Shawn Levy will direct and produce alongside Don Murphy and Susan Montford.

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