Here’s the official synopsis:
A gritty, white-knuckle, action ride set in the near-future, where the sport of boxing has gone hi-tech, “Real Steel” stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback.
Shooting for the sci-fi sport drama is currently underway in Michigan. The film features real-life animatronic robots rather than CGI (like Transformers). Upon seeing the robots for the first time, Jackman said, “The moment of walking in and seeing these robots, my jaw was on the floor.”
“There are some things only visual effects can pull off,” says director Shawn Levy. “But when you give an actor a real thing, in this case a real 8-foot-tall machine, to interact with and do dialogue opposite, you get a more grounded reality to the performance.”
“Red Steel” will also star Evangeline Lilly, Dakota Goyo, Kevin Durand and Anthony Mackie. It has a release date of November 18, 2011.