August 30, 2011 10:48am PT by Rebecca Ford
Hugh Jackman in 'Real Steel': First Look Photos
Dreamworks has released new images from Real Steel, a film starring Hugh Jackman as a father who works with his son to train a robot boxer into a champion.
The images provide an opportunity to view the robots up close. According to a recently released featurette, the robots came to life through motion captured, and their moves were choreographed by famous professional boxer Sugar Ray Leonard.
VIDEO: Hugh Jackman Explains Robot Boxing in ‘Real Steel’ Featurette
“Shawn [Levy] said to me, ‘How do you feel about Sugar Ray Leonard?’ I said, ‘Sure, why don’t we just go for the best,’” said Jackman in the featurette.
The film is set in the year 2020, when human boxing has become obsolete, replaced by robot boxing. Jackman plays a former boxer, Charlie, whose career is invalidated by the rising popularity of boxing robots instead of real people.
PHOTOS: 'Real Steel' First Look: Hugh Jackman in Dreamworks' Robot Boxing Film
Directed by Shawn Levy (Date Night, Night at the Museum) and co-starring Evangeline Lilly (Lost), Real Steel will open on October 7, 2011.
View a full gallery of first look images from Real Steel here.