Real Steel Star Worries a Sequel Would 'Tarnish the Purity' of the Original

With 2011's Real Steel celebrating its ten-year anniversary and reportedly coming off a strong performance on Netflix, talks of a sequel have recently heated up. However, at this point, star Evangeline Lilly is wary of making a follow-up to the film.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Lilly confirmed she recently spoke with Real Steel director Shawn Levy and said she plans to watch a half-hour special commemorating the movie turning ten. "Real Steel is one of my favorite films I’ve ever been a part of," she added.

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Loosely based on Richard Matheson's 1956 short story "Steel," Real Steel takes place in a future where robots have replaced human boxers. Hugh Jackman stars as Charlie Kenton, a former boxer who teams up with his estranged young son, Max (Dakota Goyo), to turn a sparring robot named Atom into a champion fighter. Lilly co-stars in the film as Bailey Tallet, the daughter of Charlie's old boxing coach and a boxing gym owner who helps Charlie -- who she has romantic feelings for -- and Max in their efforts to not only train Atom but also repair their relationship.

"I thought there ought to have been a sequel because the film was so good and it was so beloved," said Lilly. "But I know that the reason there wasn’t was because the film was marketed as this testosterone-driven, rah-rah, beat-him-up kind of macho movie for boys between the ages of 18 and 35. But in actuality, it was a beautiful, heartfelt father-son redemption story for the family to watch together. And families didn’t find the film until after it had gone to DVD at that point in time, and then streaming. So it wasn’t marketed to them, but had it been marketed to families, it would have most certainly had a sequel."

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"When I go and do a Comic Con, so many people in my lineup will say that Real Steel is their favorite. It’s become a real treasure. People love the film and I’m so happy because it is, like I said, one of my favorite films that I’ve ever done. Because it’s been so long, I don’t know now if I think a sequel would be a beautiful thing or if it would kind of tarnish the purity of what we made back then," Lilly admitted. That said, she praised Levy for being an "amazing" director, adding, "So if Shawn is doing something, I’m sure it’s going to be incredible."

Lilly is reprising her role as Hope van Dyne for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which opens in theaters on Feb. 17, 2023.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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