Edgar Ramírez plays real-life Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran in Hands of Stone, the upcoming biopic also starring Robert De Niro as legendary trainer Ray Arcel.
Widely acknowledged to be one of the best boxers of all time, Duran’s journey, from his pro debut in ’68 at age 16 to his retirement in 2002 at age 50, is certainly a fascinating one to bring to the screen. Ramírez is a talented actor, but hasn’t had the right film to show off his talents for quite some time; The Counselor, Deliver Us from Evil, and Point Break mark a series of forgettable entries. Fingers crossed this film allows him to flex more than just those muscles. It’ll also be interesting to see whether singer Usher Raymond can deliver the goods as boxer Sugar Ray Leonard.
Hands of Stone, written and directed by Venezuelan filmmaker Jonathan Jakubowicz (Secuestro Express), will open in the U.S. on August 26.
Synopsis for Hands of Stone:
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.)