While the sport of boxing may not be as popular as mixed martial arts (MMA) these days, boxing movies are still quite popular. Sylvester Stallone teamed up with Michael B. Jordan and director Ryan Coogler to breathe new life into the Rocky franchise with last year's critical and box office hit Creed, and this year fans will be treated to a biopic of one of the sport's all-time greats, Roberto Duran. Today we have the first trailer for The Weinstein Company's Hands of Stone, which brings this boxer's epic journey to life.
Hands of Stone follows the life of Roberto Duran (Edgar Ramirez), the Panamanian fighter who made his professional debut in 1968 as a 16 year‐old and retired in 2002 at the age of 50. In June 1980, he defeated Sugar Ray Leonard (Usher Raymond) to capture the WBC welterweight title, but shocked the boxing world by returning to his corner in their November rematch, famously saying the words "no mas" (no more). Duran and Leonard's fights are still considered by many to be among the best in boxing history.
Robert De Niro also stars as Duran's longtime trainer Ray Arcel, who took Duran's career to new heights in the 1970s and 1980s, including his fights with Sugar Ray Leonard. He retired with a professional record of 103 wins and 16 losses, with 70 of his wins coming by knockout. Duran was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 2006, and the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2007 after a legendary career.
The supporting cast includes Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Ellen Barkin, John Turturro, Reg E. Cathey, Drena De Niro, Oscar Jaenada and Ana de Armas. The Weinstein Company has set an August 26 release date for this biopic, putting it up against Sony's Don't Breathe and Lionsgate's Mechanic: Resurrection. We'll have to wait and see how this biopic fares at the box office as the summer comes to a close.
Jonathan Jakubowicz (Secuestro Express) directs from his own screenplay. It's worth noting that, later this year, another boxing biopic will hit the big screen, Bleed For This, starring Miles Teller as famed boxer Vinny Pazienza, whose comeback after a horrific accident is legendary. Take a look at the first trailer for Hands of Stone courtesy of Youtube, and stay tuned for more on this upcoming drama.