It's not everyday that a boxing movie gets a red band trailer. Admittedly, the trailer for true life sports drama Hands Of Stone shows Roberto Durán (Édgar Ramirez) going at it like a goddamn sexual tyrannosaurus. His opponent, Sugar Ray Leonard (Usher), is not far behind in the bedroom stakes. It is a wonder they got any actual boxing done.
This one has been in development for some time, originally with Gael Garcia Bernal (Y Tu Mamá También) as Roberto Durán and Al Pacino (Heat) as his trainer, Ray Arcel. Now it is Ramirez and Robert De Niro who will be pugilising against the great Sugar Ray.
Roberto 'Hands of Stone' Durán was – and is – a Panamanian national hero who had been in the fight game since the age of 16. By the time he came up against Leonard in 1980, he was close to the peak of his powers. The rematch, however, ended in a famous controversy that this movie aims to unravel.
For more on the film, director Jonathan Jakubowicz has put together a behind the scenes featurette showing Usher and Ramirez's period glovework coming together.
Hands Of Stone will arrive in the US 26 August, but has yet to secure a UK release date.