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THE FORGE OF A CHAMPION will hit Spanish cinemas next November 4 at the hands of Vértice 360. Daniel Graham (Opus Zero, The Obscure Life of


THE FORGE OF A CHAMPION will hit Spanish cinemas next November 4 at the hands of Vértice 360.

Daniel Graham (Opus Zero, The Obscure Life of the Grand Duke of Corsica) is directing the film, which is written, starred and co-produced by Matt Hookings (The Obscure Life of the Grand Duke of Corsica), and Ray Winstone (Black Widow, The Departed). , which explores the exciting life of Jem Belcher, who at age 19 became the youngest world champion in history.

Rounding out the cast are Russell Crowe (Thor: Love and Thunder, Gladiator), Marton Csokas (The Equalizer: The Protector, The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Electro), Jodhi May (The Last of the Mohicans, A World Apart), Steven Berkoff (A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon) and Julian Glover (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Empire Strikes Back).

In the early 19th century, when boxing was the sport of kings, Jem Belcher (Matt Hookings), a talented young boxer, fought his way to becoming the overall champion of England. This is the true story, untold until now, of the birth of boxing.

Jem Belcher, a fascinating figure in the history of the sport, was a brilliant boxer in Georgian England in the early 19th century. The young boxer came from a long dynasty of boxers whom he knew how to defend in the ring despite his apparent shyness in public. His life, a gripping boxing epic rooted in a family drama, is perfectly portrayed in THE FORGING OF A CHAMP.

Director Daniel Grahamacknowledges having been interested in this story thanks to a portrait of Belcher from 1800. In it he recognized the typical features of a character, with a Byronic air, handsome, brilliant and self-destructive, unable to face fame and sudden success, which he loved so much. attract as a filmmaker.

Graham wanted to give the film a visual language, which combined the complicated situation of its tormented protagonist with the unstoppable progress of the story. That aesthetic was rooted in titles like Barry Lyndon or Heaven’s Gate, but it was something totally new within the boxing genre.

Let’s fight, friends!

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