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Nyong'o, Whitaker for Southpaw

Lupita Nyong'o and Forest Whitaker are being courted for roles in boxing drama Southpaw.

The Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave star is being tipped to play a social worker, with Forest in talks to play former fighting champion-turned-boxing trainer Totus 'Tick' Willis, reported Deadline.

Jake Gyllenhaal is already on board to play a down-and-out welterweight boxer who takes to substance abuse as his fortunes go downhill, with Rachel McAdams as the female lead.

Antoine Fuqua is set to direct the film for The Weinstein Company, which was originally written by Forest's The Shield writer Kurt Sutter. It has since been rewritten by Richard Wenk.

Lupita, who won the Oscar for best supporting actress for her performance as slave Patsey in Steve McQueen's harrowing drama 12 Years A Slave, is in talks to star in crime thriller Who Shot The Sheriff and be the voice of mother wolf Raksha in Disney's live-action remake of The Jungle Book alongside Idris Elba.

Forest, who won an Oscar for his role in Kevin MacDonald's The Last King Of Scotland, will soon be seen in Taken 3: Tooken To The Limit, as well as thrillers Repentance and Two Men In Town. He is also looking to direct himself in spiritual drama The Shack.

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