Venezuelan writer/director Jonathan Jakubowicz (Prófugos, Secuestro Express) has landed Robert De Niro and Édgar Ramírez for the boxing drama Hands of Stone. Ramírez is set to portray Roberto Durán, with De Niro playing trainer Ray Arcel. The Panamanian Durán was a hugely successful boxer who suddenly quit in the middle of a much-hyped match with Sugar Ray Leonard in 1980. “The infamous ‘No Mas’ fight is the biggest enigma in the history of boxing,” Jakubowicz says. “This movie will answer the enigma, with the best talent any director can possibly dream.” De Niro recently shot Grudge Match, where he’ll be seen going toe-to-toe with Sylvester Stallone, who as you may recall, has also made some boxing films.
“Send me all your scripts about guys punching each other.” Photo: Rob Latour for LE/Splash News/Corbis