Usher Cast to Play Sugar Ray Leonard in ‘Hands of Stone’ Movie

Movies & TV

Vibe / March 24, 2012

R&B sweetheart Usher has not only made a swift comeback in the music industry, but will be returning as an actor, this time, in a lead role.

According to BBC, Usher will play boxer Ray Leonard, and will star alongside Robert DeNiro and Gael Garcia in the forthcoming movie Hands of Stone. The film will tell the story of renowned Panamanian professional boxer Roberto Durán.

“I’m in preparation for a very incredible role,” Usher told the BBC. “If you see me in the corners boxing, I’m doing that while working on this album.”

Filming for this role will begin later this year, but music will keep Usher occupied until then. His seventh studio album, which includes hit “Climax,” is slated to drop later this year as well. –Tanya Chen