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First Image Revealed For Real Steel

Looks like this will not be strictly a CGI fest. The movie will have actual 8 foot tall robots for the actors to interact with.
USA Today has received the first glimpse of next year's Real Steel. The production started shooting today and stars Hugh Jackman who stated "The moment of walking in and seeing these robots, my jaw was on the floor". Nineteen animatronic giants were created for scenes with the human actors.

Motion capture will also be used in the film, especially for the fighting sequences. Boxing great Sugar Ray Leonard has been retained as an adviser for the film.

Director Shawn Levy (Date Night) says "There are some things only visual effects can pull off, but when you give an actor a real thing, in this case a real 8-foot-tall machine, to interact with and do dialogue opposite, you get a more grounded reality to the performance."

The story, set in 2020, features Jackman as an out-of-work fighter who bonds with his estranged son when they go to work rescuing a junkyard find named Atom, and grooming it as a potential champion in the World Robot Boxing league.

Real Steel is set to hit theaters on November 18th 2011.
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