Jake Gyllenhaal poised to replace Eminem in boxing film 'Southpaw'

Rapper was attached to star in the film when it was announced but later dropped out

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Jake Gyllenhaal is poised to replace Eminem in boxing film Southpaw.

Eminem was attached to star in the film when it was announced in December 2010 but later postponed the project and eventually dropped out entirely.

According to The Wrap, Gyllenhaal is now "in talks" for the lead role. He would play a welterweight boxer who is successful in the ring but has to fight hard for the respect of his young daughter following a family tragedy.

Antoine Fuqua (Olympus Has Fallen, Training Day) is attached to direct from a script by Sons Of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter. Shooting is now due to begin next year (2014).

Southpaw would have seen Eminem return the big screen for the first time in over a decade. His only previous movie role came in 2002's semi-autobiographical 8 Mile. The rapper's new collaboration with Rihanna, 'Monster', debuted at Number One on the Official Singles Chart yesterday (November 3), becoming the eighth UK chart-topper of his career.

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