Hugh Jackman is Real Steel October 1, 2009 Hugh Jackman in talks to join the Shawn Levy-directed film Real Steel. Hugh Jackman is in talks to star in the Shawn Levy-directed Real Steel. Jackman would play an ex-fighter who becomes a promoter when human boxing is outlawed for being too violent. The new gladiators are 2,000-pound robots with human qualities. The ex-fighter’s access to sub-standard robot parts hampers his hopes for glory in Robot Boxing, until he discovers a discarded robot that always seems to win. The ex-fighter has also discovered he’s the father of a 13-year old son, and they bond as the robot brawls its way toward the top. The film is based on a short story by Richard Matheson that was adapted into an original “Twilight Zone” episode that starred Lee Marvin.