Robert De Niro, Edgar Ramirez Team For Roberto Duran Pic ‘Hands Of Stone’

By | Monday April 8, 2013 @ 6:00pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: If you love sports films like I do, here is one that has knockout potential. Robert De Niro and Edgar Ramirez have signed on to star in Hands Of Stone, a drama written and to be directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz. Boxing fans will know where we are going from the title. Ramirez will play champ Roberto Duran. De Niro will play his trainer Ray Arcel in a drama that focuses on how each man changed the life of the other. It is set during boxing’s Golden Era, when Duran was among top notch fighters including Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, Marvin Hagler, Hector Camacho, Vinny Pazienza. Duran fought them all and won 103 of his 119 fights. The focus will be on the Panamanian boxer’s incredible brawls with Leonard, culminating in an inexplicable ending of the famous fight where Duran quit in the ring and cried “No mas,” on a night when Leonard was having his way. That was a terrible ending to a rivalry that was everything depicted by De Niro in Raging Bull, when Jake LaMotta had those classic brawls with Sugar Ray Robinson. This was back when boxing mattered, and well before it got eclipsed by mixed martial arts fighting, which is way more accessible to the public and more smartly run than is pro boxing. CAA is handling domestic rights on the film. Read More »

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Edgar Ramirez, Danny Huston In Simon Bolivar Story ‘Libertador’

By | Wednesday June 20, 2012 @ 5:18am PDT

Edgar Ramirez LibertadorTaking on another real-life role, Carlos star Edgar Ramírez will play Simón Bolívar in the biopic Libertador. Danny Huston, María Valverde, Imanol Arias and Billy Elliot‘s Gary Lewis also star. Venezuelan helmer Alberto Arvelo, who directed Ramírez in his last feature Cyrano Fernandez, is working from a script written by Children Of Men scribe Timothy J. Sexton.

Danny Huston LibertadorBolívar was instrumental in Latin America’s struggle for independence from the Spanish Empire. Told from his point of view, the film traces his quests, epic military campaigns and vision to unify South America.

L.A. Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel, who’s also the artistic director of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, is scoring Read More »

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Kathryn Bigelow’s Bin Laden Movie Looking To Add Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong And Edgar Ramirez To Killer Cast

By | Thursday January 5, 2012 @ 4:32pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: While the Republicans keep kicking Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal’s Bin Laden movie around like a political football, Annapurna Pictures and Sony Pictures are ready to get the mission underway. I’m told that Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong and Edgar … Read More »

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CAA Lands ‘Carlos’ Star Edgar Ramirez

By | Friday May 6, 2011 @ 2:35pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Edgar Ramirez last starred in the Olivier Assayas-directed Carlos, for which he won the Cesar Award for Best Male Newcomer. The Venezualan-born Ramirez also starred in The Bourne Ultimatum and is currently shooting the sequel Wrath of the Titans alongside … Read More »

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Edgar Ramirez Going From Jackal To God Of War In ‘Wrath Of The Titans’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Edgar Ramirez has been offered the role of Ares, the God of War, in the sequel Wrath of the Titans, which Jonathan Liebesman will direct for Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures. I’m told he’s on the verge of making … Read More »

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