Jake Gyllenhaal says Rita Ora is ‘great’ in his new film ‘Southpaw’

Singer has a small role as a drug addict and prostitute in the forthcoming boxing drama

Jake Gyllenhaal has praised Rita Ora for her “great” acting work on his new film Southpaw.

The singer has a small role as a dishevelled drug addict and prostitute in the forthcoming boxing drama, in which Gyllenhaal stars as a retired fighter who launches a comeback following the death of his wife. The film’s impressive cast also includes Forest Whitaker, Naomie Harris and Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson.

Asked about Ora’s contribution to the film, which opens in cinemas on July 24, Gyllenhaal told the Press Association: “[There were] no problems at all. She was great. People will see she brought a lot. I have a lot of time for her.”

Meanwhile, the film’s Oscar-winning producer Harvey Weinstein said of Ora: “She was prepared. She had no vanity, no problem looking as bad as she does in the film. People will see a different, dramatic side to her. I would work with her again.”

Southpaw is Ora’s third film role following a brief appearance as a race caller in Fast & Furious 6 and a small supporting role as Mia Grey, sister of Jamie Dornan’s Christian Grey, in Fifty Shades Of Grey. She is expected to return as Mia Grey in the planned sequels Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed.