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Actor Forest Whitaker accepts the Best Actor Image award for “The Butler” from actress Lupita Nyong’o during the 45th NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California on February 22, 2014.

*“Southpaw,” the long-in-the-works drama from “Sons of Anarchy” creator Kurt Sutter, is inching closer to the start line, according to

The film is about a fighter who tries to overcome adversity to recapture glory.

The Weinstein Company and director Antoine Fuqua have made Rachel McAdams their choice to play the female lead alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, with Forest Whitaker in talks to play the boxing trainer who tries to guide his fighter back after his world is shattered by personal tragedy. It sends him on a downward spiral and puts his young daughter in a bad spot.

Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o is reportedly being courted to play the social worker watching out for the kid.

Fuqua has brought his “Equalizer” scribe Richard Wenk on for a rewrite.