added: Fri, Apr 7th '17
Liev Schreiber has the eye of the tiger.
In the upcoming 1970s-set drama "Chuck," "Ray Donovan" star Liev Schreiber portrays Chuck Wepner, an underdog heavyweight prizefighter who in the mid '70s became a working-class hero in his hometown of New Jersey, but is now mostly remembered for being the real-life inspiration behind Sylvester Stallone's classic 1976 boxing film "Rocky."
Directed by acclaimed Canadian filmmaker Philippe Falardeau (The Good Lie, Monsieur Lazhar), "Chuck" also stars Naomi Watts, Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss, Hellboy's Ron Perlman, comedian Jim Gaffigan and Boardwalk Empire's Morgan Spector as Sylvester Stallone.
Produced by Schreiber, "Chuck" (which was formerly titled "The Bleeder") drew mostly positive reviews when it premiered last year at both the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals.
The film is slated for a May 5th theatrical release, via IFC Films. Watch the trailer, above.
He was the pride of Bayonne, New Jersey, a man who went fifteen rounds in the ring with Muhammad Ali, and the real-life inspiration for Rocky Balboa. But before all that, Chuck Wepner (Liev Schreiber) was a liquor salesman and father with a modest prizefighting career whose life changed overnight when, in 1975, he was chosen to take on The Greatest in a highly publicized title match. It’s the beginning of a wild ride through the exhilarating highs and humbling lows of sudden fame -- but what happens when your fifteen minutes in the spotlight are up? Driven by a committed performance from Liev Schreiber, Chuck is a refreshingly human tale of resilience and redemption.
directed by Philippe Falardeau
starring Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts, Elisabeth Moss, Ron Perlman, Jim Gaffigan, Morgan Spector
release date May 5, 2017 (in theaters)