Friday, 19 February 2016

Jodie Whittaker joins boxing drama Journeyman

Paddy Considine (Tyrannosaur) has been developing his second directorial gig, a boxing drama now known as Journeyman, for some time. Now news arrives via Screen International that he has finally secured the final bits of funding and plans to star alongside Jodie Whittaker (Attach The Block), Faraz Ayub (Honour), Tony Pitts (War Horse) and Paul Popplewell ('71).





Considine wrote the script for the new drama, which draws from research into real life boxers – at one point he was planing to adapt a book about the shady world of pugilism in Florida. Now the film will focus on Matty Burton (Considine), who is the middleweight boxing champion of the world looking to wind down his career, make enough money to care for his family and get out of the ring. He agrees to a match against arrogant, controversial fighter Nassar Ali, who is looking to take his title. After a hard fought clash, Matty returns home, only to collapse a few hours later, suffering the delayed effects of a devastating punch. After slipping into a coma, he awakens to a world of memory loss and altered personality, and his real struggle will be against his own health.

With StudioCanal signing on to release the film in the UK, Considine is preparing to shoot and will start production next month. Given how good Tyrannosaur (2011) was, we can't wait to see what he does this time.

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