The Weinstein Company is gearing up for the August 26 bow of Hands of Stone, the Roberto Duran boxing biopic starring Edgar Ramirez and Robert De Niro that the company scooped up during Cannes 2015. Usher co-stars as Duran’s rival Sugar Ray Leonard, and Ellen Barkin, Ruben Blades and Ana de Armas co-star.
Duran became an hero in his native Panama as he rose through the ranks behind trainer Ray Arcel (De Niro), winning titles in four different weight classes. But it was his three epic bouts with Leonard that mattered most, the first when Duran beat Leonard to steal his welterweight belt in June 1980, and of course the second only five months later — think of that short span now — when Duran famously told the referee “No mas” in the eighth round as Leonard was running circles around him. (He lost a close decision in a third fight in 1989.) Duran certainly went on to redeem himself, though, and ended his career with 103 wins and securing his place on experts’ lists of the best fighters of all time.
The movie comes at a fertile time for boxing pics, with the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal’s Southpaw and Ryan Coogler’s Creed repping the sport just fine. Also in the mix: Miles Teller’s Bleed for This, the upcoming biopic of Vinny Pazienza centering on his ring comeback after a career-threatening car crash. (Duran himself was in a bad car accident in 2001 and officially retired the next year at age 50.)
Check out the official trailer for Hands Of Stone that dropped today.