OK, so it sounds like a weird 'Transformers' meets 'The Fighter' in the near future actioner, but for some reason we're kinda looking forward to 'Real Steel,' a robot boxing story directed by comedy maven Shawn Levy. Maybe its the thought of seeing Hugh Jackman sans hirsute accoutrements. Perhaps it's the chance to see Evangeline Lilly again on the big screen. Maybe it's the opportunity to see if Levy can stretch himself for some serious work. Or maybe we just like underdog films (even if it's about a robot).
Whatever the case, the folks at DreamWorks have just released a new featurette that goes behind-the-scenes of the film and shows how Levy used motion capture of boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard to create his robots movements.
'Real Steel' opens Oct. 7. Read the synopsis below, and then check out the clip after the jump.
A gritty, white-knuckle, action ride set in the near-future, where the sport of boxing has gone hi-tech, 'Real Steel' stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback.