Real Steel is a film I hope turns out to be really good. The film just added two more actors to its cast Anthoney Mackie from The Hurt Locker, and Evangeline Lilly from Lost. The film is based on one of my favorite Twilight Zone episodes called Steel.
Hugh Jackman is set to play the lead character in the film, which is the Rocky-esque tale of a fighter who has to reinvent himself when human boxing becomes obsolete, replaced by 2000 pound human-like robots. Jackman will play the ex-fighter, who becomes a Robot Boxing promoter, but whose chances of success are hampered by his access to sub-standard robot parts. That is until he discovers a discarded robot that always seems to win. The ex-fighter has also discovered he's the father of a 13-year old son Max, and they bond as the robot brawls its way toward the top.
Dakota Goyo was previously cast as Max, who is described as “a street-smart, tough, charming kid with a hard, untrusting outer shell which hides a warm enthusiastic spirit beneath. He is a complicated, strong-willed and resourceful boy.
My question is, does director Shawn Levy has what it takes to turn this into a great film? This is the guy that's directed The Pink Panther, Big Fat Liar, Just Married, Night at the Museum, and most recently Date Night. He's made some pretty bad films, Date Night is probably his best film. Real Steel has the potential to be a really great movie. I love the story from The Twilight Zone, and I hope this film will live up to its potential.