R&B star Usher will reportedly be playing boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard in the upcoming film Hands Of Stone. A biopic about famed Panamanian boxer Roberto Duran, the movie is currently in pre-production and is scheduled to be released in 2014.; a film about Panamanian boxing hero Roberto Duran that is slated to hit theaters at some point in 2014.
According to Billboard, Usher has been preparing for the role since last year and still has to lose 25 pounds before filming begins in October in Panama.
“You couldn’t find a more stylized boxer than Sugar Ray Leonard,” said Usher about the role. “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.”