It's a movie about the real boxer who inspired the 'Rocky' movies.

By Nick Romano
April 08, 2017 at 01:01 PM EDT
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“You don’t know me. Well, you do know me, but you don’t know you know me,” Liev Schreiber says in the trailer for Chuck, a movie where he plays the real-life boxer who inspired the Rocky films.

That boxer is Chuck Wepner, once the Heavyweight Champion of New Jersey. He used to work as a liquor salesman before he skyrocketed to fame by duking it out with Muhammad Ali for 15 rounds in the ring in 1975. “Then some guy named Stallone wrote a screenplay inspired by me. I was like, ‘What?'” Schreiber-as-Chuck recalls in the new clip.

Directed by Philippe Falardeau (The Good Lie), Chuck chronicles the boxer’s 15 minutes of fame and his struggles to stay relevant in the aftermath. Schreiber and his ex Naomi Watts (playing Chuck’s wife, Linda) were announced for the film in 2015, back when it was called The Bleeder. The couple would split up a year later.

Mad Men alum and The Handmaid’s Tale star Elisabeth Moss also features alongside Ron Perlman and Jim Gaffigan in the film. Morgan Spector is spotted in the trailer as Sylvester Stallone, presenting the script for Rocky.

Chuck will hit theaters on May 5. Watch the trailer above.


  • Movie
  • R
  • 101 minutes
  • Philippe Falardeau