Robert De Niro boxing biopic Hands of Stone gets release date
The Weinstein Company has set the date for Robert De Niro’s next project.
The two-time Oscar winner will appear in the boxing biopic Hands of Stone, which will be released wide on Aug. 26. Edgar Ramirez (Carlos) stars as boxing legend Roberto Duran. De Niro plays Duran’s trainer, Ray Arcel. The Panamanian fighter began his career in 1968 at 16 years old and retired in 2002 at 50.
His 1980 fights against Sugar Ray Leonard (played in Hands of Stone by R&B star Usher Raymond) were particularly notable: Duran won the first bout and the Welterweight Championship. In the follow-up, Duran ended the fight by returning to his corner and forfeiting, telling the referee, “No más” — “No more” in Spanish.
Writer-director Jonathan Jakubowicz’s movie also stars Ana de Armas, Ellen Barkin, and John Turturro.
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Another Weinstein movie received a release date Tuesday; Sing Street, written and directed by John Carney (Once), will have its limited release on April 15.
Set in 1980s Dublin, Sing Street follows a 14-year-old boy named Conor (Ferdia Walsh-Peelo) who is looking for a break from a home while trying to adjust to his new inner-city school. He finds hope in the beautiful Raphina (Lucy Boynton), and with the aim of winning her heart, he invites her to star in his band’s music videos. There’s one problem: He’s not part of a band — yet.
The musical comedy features Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones), Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction), and newcomer Mark McKenna.