After going almost 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali before losing in a TKO, Jersey boxer Chuck Wepner became just the loser that would inspire Sylvester Stallone to write Rocky. Now, 30 years later, he’s once again inspired a film—now far more directly—with Chuck. Liev Schreiber stars as Wepner, with Naomi Watts, Ron Perlman, Elisabeth Moss, Liev Schreiber, Jim Gaffigan, and Morgan Spector filling out the supporting cast. Here’s the first trailer. It feels a bit like a somewhat diluted mix of Goodfellas and Raging Bull. It also sees Schreiber box a bear, though, so no one’s complaining.
Chuck will hit theaters–and hopefully hit that idiot bear, too—May 5.