Grammy-award winning super performer, Usher Raymond, has landed the role of World Champion boxer Sugar Ray Leonard in the upcoming film “Hands of Stone.” The film, however, isn’t about Leonard entirely, the film chronicles the life of a Panamanian boxer, Roberto Duran, who won a fight against the then undefeated “Sugar Ray.”
The R&B singer says he is relying on his dance moves to finesse Leonard’s famous footwork in the ring to prepare for the role along with dropping 25 pounds before shooting begins in October.
“You couldn’t find a more stylized boxer than Sugar Ray Leonard,” Usher said by telephone. “He was an incredible motion guy, the way he moved around the ring, and I think my dancing will make it easier for me to pick up his moves. I’ve been working on familiarizing myself with the ring, sparring and just understanding how to move in the ring.”
The cast also includes Robert De Niro as Duran’s Hall of Fame trainer, Ray Arcel. Edgar Ramirez, who was recently in “Zero Dark Thirty,” will play Duran.