By Matt O.
The Weinstein Company has just released the first official US trailer for there upcoming true-life boxing film Hands of Stone. Based on the true-life story of Panamanian fighter who came out of retirement in 1980 and to the world's shock defeated Sugar Ray Leonard to capture the WBC welterwight title. The film is written and directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz who hasn't directed a film since 2005's Secuestro express starring John Turturro. Boxing films always seem to interest me in the beginning, but truthfully most are hit or miss when it comes to be re-memorable. Just look at last year's two big ones, Southpaw which was descent but has already been forgotten, and then you have Ryan Coogler's incredible film Creed that will go down as one of the greatest sequels or follow-ups of all-time! So right now I'm looking forwards to this film because of and only because the possibility of Robert De Niro giving a stellar performance in comparison with his last few films. Not a big fan of Mr. Ramirez, but hopefully this film can sway me! What about you guys and gals? Sound off in the comments section with your thoughts on the upcoming film. As always thanks for stopping by EastCoastMovieGuys!
Here's the official synopsis:
"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)."
Hands of Stone is set to hit theaters on August 26th.
SOURCE: Weinstein Company