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'Hands of Stone,' movie on Roberto Duran, will star Ramirez, De Niro

Roberto "Hands of Stone" Duran could face Julio Cesar Chavez in a two-round exhibition. The Ring Magazine/Getty Images

Sports movies are often popular, but they're not always critically acclaimed. One that hit the mark for audiences and critics alike was "Raging Bull," which told the story of boxer Jake LaMotta and starred Robert De Niro. Now De Niro is back to star in "Hands of Stone," another film based on a famous fighter, in this case Roberto Duran. De Niro plays Duran's cerebral trainer, Ray Arcel. Venezuelan actor Edgar Ramirez portrays Duran, the pride of Panama who rose from poverty to become one of the world's greatest fighters. "Hands of Stone" will be released this summer.

Duran is best known for his rivalry with Sugar Ray Leonard, including the famous "no más" rematch between the two, which Leonard won. In the film, Leonard is played by pop star Usher.

De Niro won his only Academy Award for best actor in 1980 for "Raging Bull." De Niro returned to the boxing setting in 2013 for a comedy, "Grudge Match," which was widely panned.

"Hands of Stone" is helmed by Venezuelan director Jonathan Jakubowicz, who may continue the recent trend of Latinos winning the Academy Award for best director. Alfonso Cuaron won in 2014, followed by two straight wins for Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, whose most recent victory was Sunday night for "The Revenant." Both Cuaron and Inarritu are from Mexico.