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Release Date: TBA

Genres: Action, Family, Science Fiction          

Who's In It: Hugh Jackman (Charlie), Evangeline Lilly (TBA), Anthony Mackie (TBA), Dakota Goyo (TBA), Kevin Durand (TBA)

Who's Making It: Shawn Levy (Director), John Gatins (Screenwriter), Shawn Levy (Screenwriter), Dan Gilroy (Screenwriter), Les Bohem (Screenwriter)

Premise: After the sport of boxing has replaced humans with robots, a washed-up prize fighter discovers a thrown-away robot boxer who seems to be a winner. As the trainer starts to rise his steel champion through... More »

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

We've just been sent four new photos from Real Steel showing Hugh Jackman, two of the film's robots and director Shawn Levy working on the set. To see the whole shebang, visit our gallery for Real Steel.

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Here's the trailer for Real Steel and your first opportunity to see CG rock 'em, sock'em robot boxing in action.



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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The first pair of photos from Real Steel have been released by Disney. In this photo to your left we're treated to our first look at the robot boxers we'll get to see. According to the studio 19 different animatronic robots were made for the film like Noisy Boy, the red robot that Charlie (Hugh Jackman) is giving coaching advise to. The second photo can be viewed in our newly created photo gallery for the movie.

Also, new details about the premise were revealed. The movie is set in 2020 and the robot that Jackman's character and his son rescue from a junkyard is named Atom. The father and son train the washed up robot to fight in the World Robot Boxing league.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Evangeline Lilly (Lost) and Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker) have joined the cast. Lilly will play an old friend of Hugh Jackman's boxing coach while Mackie is a promoter of the new robot league for the sport.

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Monday, March 15, 2010

After conducting a nationwide talent search, DreamWorks has selected 11-year-old Dakota Goyo to play the son of Hugh Jackman's boxing coach. The Canadian-born actor has appeared in a number of native television series including Murdoch Mysteries and Happy Town. He also starred in 2007's Resurrecting the Champ.

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Friday, February 5, 2010

The makers of Real Steel are holding open casting calls this month for young males. They are looking for fresh talent to play the part of Max, a 10-14-year-old 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."

Auditions are being held in Chicago on February 14 at the Chicago Academy of the Arts and on February 20 in New York at Shelter Studios. If you're not planning to be in either of those two locations on those days but are still interested in auditioning, DreamWorks has set up a website where you can submit a video audition. Visit to find out all of the details.

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Friday, January 22, 2010

We've been scooped by an anonymous reader about an article appearing in the Detroit Free Press that Real Steel will shoot in metro Detroit and around Michigan this coming June. The production has applied for tax credits from the state designed to attract movies to film in the region. 

"The rebate is certainly a primary factor in the decision, but it was incentive along with the diverse looks in Michigan and the cooperation of the state that make this an ideal package for Real Steel," DreamWorks exec Steve Molen told the paper.

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

DreamWorks has slated out a November 18, 2011 release date for Real Steel. As it currently looks, Warner Bros. plans on releasing Happy Feet 2 on the same day.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Variety tells us that DreamWorks has given a greenlight to Real Steel. Budgeted at $80 million, the movie is now being scheduled to begin filming next June.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Sci Fi Wire asked Real Steel's Shawn Levy his thoughts about the robot fighters in his recently announced new project. "They are most definitely not Transformers, not Terminators, definitely not WALL-Es, either," the director said. "Unlike a lot of these others, these are human-built, human-scale fighting machines. They are built for human spectacle. People in this movie have gotten bored with human carnage and human violence. So in the quest for more, more, more, this sport has evolved to this."

He also explained what attracted him to take on this kind of movie. "When I sat down with Steven [Spielberg], I had a very, very specific vision of this movie, one that really puts the emphasis on the story and the sports-movie aspect as much as on the machinery. Real Steel is my first non-comedy. I will likely come back to comedy. It's certainly been very, very good to me. But like anyone who does anything, freshness and new experience is what keeps you interested. So when Steven called and said, 'Hey, you want to do this thing?' I was like, 'Hell yeah, I'm looking for a different experience.'"

Calling his idea of the movie "more Rocky than Transformers," Levy added, "Hugh Jackman plays a former boxer who can therefore no longer do the only thing he was ever good at and has to make his way in this new world. It's faithful to the story in that that story was very much about a down-on-his-luck, slightly desperate journeyman who works in this robot boxing sport and who is desperately needing redemption and one last shot."

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Hugh Jackman is now in talks to headline Real Steel. If his deal closes the Wolverine leading man will play the film's lead, a human boxer who finds himself now a trainer/manager/operator for robot fighters that enter the ring. Jackman would discover two big turning points in his life: a robot that had been discarded as junk but that turns out to be a winner, and the discovery that he has a 13-year-old son.

Director Shawn Levy is working on a new draft of the script with John Gatins. The studio is hoping that filming could get started next spring.

In their coverage of the Jackman news Variety mentions that, in fact, Real Steel is based on a Richard Matheson short story. It was first adapted as an episode of the classic Twilight Zone series.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy has come aboard to make Real Steel for DreamWorks. [Full story]

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