The Weinstein Company has picked up the U.S. distribution rights to Jonathan Jakubowicz’s boxing drama Hands of Stone, which stars Edgar Ramirez as legendary brawler Roberto Duran and Robert De Niro as his wizened trainer, Ray Arcel.
Deadline first reported that TWC had acquired the boxing picture, written and directed by Venezuela native Jakubowicz. Hands of Stone tells the story of Duran, a fierce and talented pugilist who earned his rock-fisted nickname from knocking out 79 of his career opponents. In the 1970s and 1980s, he engaged in several epic fights, notable two against Sugar Ray Leonard, who will be portrayed in the movie by Usher. Duran defeated Leonard in their first meeting, but in the rematch, he famously quit in the middle of the bout out of frustration, claiming “No mas.”
This isn’t the only boxing picture in the works for TWC. Jake Gyllenhaal stars in the upcoming Southpaw, which is out July 24. Hands of Stone is expected to be released some time this winter.