Forest Whitaker attends the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Beach on March 1, 2014 in Santa Monica, California

Forest Whitaker attends the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards at Santa Monica Beach on March 1, 2014 in Santa Monica, California

*Forest Whitaker is in final negotiations to co-star with Jake Gyllenhaal in the Antoine Fuqua boxing film “Southpaw.”

The script by “Sons of Anarchy” creator Kurt Sutter follows a left-handed prizefighter (Gyllenhaal) who wins a title but suffers a tragedy soon thereafter and must put his life back together to earn the respect of his young daughter.

Whitaker will play Gyllenhaal’s trainer, reports Variety.

Production is scheduled to begin next month in Los Angeles.

Whitaker is coming off a strong 2013 with films including “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and “Out of the Furnace,” and he has continued to stay busy in 2014.

He recently wrapped production on Fox’s “Taken 3” and, following production on “Southpaw,” will jump into starring in and directing Lionsgate’s adaptation of the worldwide bestseller “The Shack.”