Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Jeremy Renner set to play boxer Rocky Marciano

Following last years Southpaw, and with the critically acclaimed Rocky spin-off Creed set to arrive in UK cinemas this weekend, it would appear everyone is looking to step into the ring and try their hands at the noble art of pugilism. Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) could be the next contender, with news arriving via The Hollywood Reporter that he is currently attached to play Rocky Marciano in Undefeated.

The boxer who served as one of the inspirations for Sylvester Stallone's Rocky and is the character's idol, became famous for being the only heavyweight champion to retire from his professional career without conceding defeat, ending up with an unmatched 49-0 record. Producer Morris S. Levy (Descent) holds his life rights and has Samuel Franco and Evan Kilgore (Butterflies Of Bill Baker) at work on a script, has attached Renner and is now looking for a director to bring it to life. It joins the long list of current boxing movies including Southpaw and recent success Creed, plus Miles Teller (Whiplash) in Bleed For This, Édgar Ramirez (The Bourne Ultimatum) in Hands Of Stone and The Bleeder, which is currently shooting and has Liev Schreiber (Salt) starring as Chuck Wepner.

Renner will be back on Marvel duty for Captain America: Civil War, due 29 April, and is part of the cast for science fiction film Story Of Your Life, which has yet to set a release date.

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