"I love that the title refers to [Eminem] being a lefty, which is to boxing what a white rapper is to hip hop; dangerous, unwanted and completely unorthodox. It's a much harder road for a southpaw than a right handed boxer."
While seemingly unrelated to "8 Mile," the film will sort of pick up where Eminem's semi-autobiographical film left off. Whereas "8 Mile" was analogous to Slim Shady's rise as a white rapper in Detroit and his complex relationship with his mother, "Southpaw" will star Em as a fallen world champion boxer trying to reclaim his throne and win back his daughter, a common theme in Eminem's music. In short, it's like "Rocky Balboa" with a beat. As has been widely reported, Eminem spent the half-decade following 2004's "Encore" dealing with prescription drug problems before kicking the habit and releasing two comeback albums in the span of a year.
No word yet whether Eminem will make some new music to correspond with the film, but considering "Lose Yourself" from "8 Mile" won both a Grammy and an Oscar, it's a good bet the film will produce a least a couple of new Eminem songs. Although he hasn't had a starring role since "8 Mile," Eminem has made a couple of appearances in the past few years playing the role of "Eminem," including cameos in both "Funny People" and "Entourage."
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