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Photos: Hugh Jackman in New Action/Sci-Fi Boxing Movie "Real Steel"

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Hugh Jackman just started filming the live-action scenes for his upcoming movie, "Real Steel," on Monday. 

"Real Steel" imagines a world in which human boxing is nonexistent, replaced by leagues of mechanized pugilists. It’s expected to arrive in theaters in November 2011.

Jackman spoke to USA Today and stated, “The moment of walking in and seeing these robots, my jaw was on the floor,” That’s because the robot in this image is a real device, not a digital visual effect.

Motion-capture animation is used in the film when the machines are brawling (with boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard working as an adviser on those), but 19 real-life animatronic giants were created for scenes with the human actors.

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The story, set in 2020, is a gritty, white-knuckle action ride set in the near future, where the sport of boxing has gone hi-tech, “Real Steel” stars Hugh Jackman as Charlie Kenton, a washed-up fighter who lost his chance at a title when 2000-pound, 8-foot-tall steel robots took over the ring. Now nothing but a small-time promoter, Charlie earns just enough money piecing together low-end bots from scrap metal to get from one underground boxing venue to the next. When Charlie hits rock bottom, he reluctantly teams up with his estranged son Max (Dakota Goyo) to build and train a championship contender. As the stakes in the brutal, no-holds-barred arena are raised, Charlie and Max, against all odds, get one last shot at a comeback.