PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh has attracted another feature film with a big-name actor.
“Southpaw,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal, will be shot around Western Pennsylvania this summer, according to Hope Films Inc., which is seeking extras for the film.
Filming will take place in Indiana County from mid- to late June and from early July to early August in Pittsburgh.
“Southpaw” is about a boxer who fights his way to the top, only to find his life falling apart around him, according to the Internet Movie Database.
Casting calls for extras to portray boxing spectators will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday in Indiana Mall, 2334 Oakland Ave. in Indiana. Anyone interested in Pittsburgh-area scenes can find a casting form at www.movieextraspittsburgh.com.
Filmmakers are seeking all types of men and women, 18 and older preferred.
The extras casting director told Channel 11 the production team is looking for 1,500 to 2,000 people for boxing scenes that will be shot over the course of eight days in Indiana.
The casting director also told Channel 11 that on the following Saturday, May 31, an open casting call will be held in Pittsburgh. Those chosen at the Pittsburgh casting could be in street scenes, gala scenes and other scenes.
The director of “Southpaw” Antoine Fuqua is from Pittsburgh. He graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School and attended West Virginia University.
The film is the latest Western Pennsylvania project to earn a state tax credit, a representative of The Weinstein Co. film studio confirmed. The amount was not available.
The tax credit program started in 2004 and was expanded in 2007. It allows filmmakers who spend at least 60 percent of production budgets in Pennsylvania to apply 25 percent of expenses spent here to offset state taxes. Using qualified production facilities can add another 5 percent in tax credits.
Pittsburgh has attracted movies ranging from the blockbuster “The Dark Knight Rises” to the lower-budget “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”
In 2010, Gyllenhaal worked in Pittsburgh to film “Love and Other Drugs,” which also starred Anne Hathaway.