R&B star Usher Raymond is set to play boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard in a future film about the life of Panamanian fighter Roberto Duran.
The film will be called 'Hands Of Stone' and will also feature actors, Robert DeNiro and Gael Benarl. The filming is expected start later this year. This means that Usher will have to get into shape pretty fast and to be fair to him, he is not holding back.
He has been spotted in many boxing gyms and fitness gyms around London recently.
"If you guys see me running around London that’s what it is. If you see me in the corners boxing. I’m doing that while working on this album."
His album is reported to be released later this year.
Sugar Ray Leonard is classed as one of the greatest boxers of all time and was voted 'Boxer Of The Decade' in the 1980's. He was also the first boxer to earn over $100 million in purses. Usher has said that he is very pleased and honoured to playing such an iconic sportsman.
Although Usher is confident he can live up to the role, he claims he has never met Leonard personally. But, what he lacks in knowledge, he can make up with experience as he has proven to have big screen appeal. Starring in films such as 'Justin Bieber: Never Say Never' and 'Killers'. He has also worked with some of the best actors out there, these include: Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl.
More information and details will be found out about the film in the near future.