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Jackman gains a son in Real Steel

The part of Hugh Jackman’s son in futuristic drama Real Steel has been won by 11-year-old Canadian actor Dakota Goyo.

DreamWorks Studios launched a Statewide search for a young actor for the role, visiting Chicago and New York to find the perfect star to play the “street-smart, tough, charming kid with a hard, untrusting outer shell which hides a warm enthusiastic spirit beneath”.

Real Steel is the first movie to be produced by both DreamWorks and Disney, and is situated in a futuristic world where robot-boxing is the sport of the day.

A former human boxer (Jackman) is given a second chance at the ring when he and his estranged son unite to train an unusual robot to fight in the championships.

The flick will be directed by Shawn Levy, who helmed kid hits Night At The Museum and Cheaper By The Dozen , and steered Tina Fey and Steve Carell in this year’s comedy jaunt Date Night .

Goyo also starred in 2007’s Resurrecting The Champ alongside Samuel L Jackson and Josh Hartnett.

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