Twenty four years after he played a mob-entangled boxer in Pulp Fiction, Bruce Willis will be back in the ring — or at least beside it — as he portrays legendary trainer Constantine “Cus” D’Amato, best known for working with a young Mike Tyson, a film called “Cornerman.”
Via The Hollywood Reporter, here is a brief description of Cornerman, which will be the directorial debut of Homeland actor Rupert Friend:
Cornerman will tell the story of how D’Amato, an International Boxing Hall of Fame member who worked with the likes of Floyd Patterson and Jose Torres, was introduced to a 13-year old Mike Tyson after having reluctantly retired as a boxing coach. After moving to the Catskills region of New York, where he ran a small gym with his long-term partner Camille, a friend dropped by with Tyson, who was getting into trouble with his fists, displaying raw but incredibly powerful talent. Seeing his extraordinary potential, D’Amato enrolled him in his gym and welcomed him in his home, determined to turn the mercurial hothead into a world champion.
“Ultimately, this is a story about a deep love between two ferocious talents, each brave enough to admit their fears to the other, and so spur one another to greatness,” Friend said in a statement. “It is a story about fighting for what you believe in, and a film that will make you question what strength really is.”
Producers will begin a worldwide search for an actor to portray Tyson.
Hollywood has always loved boxing movies, but it has been a few years, probably since Creed in 2015, since we’ve gotten a really good one (although Creed II is due out later this year). Cornerman is obviously a long way away, but it’s got a strong premise and a big-name actor, so we’ll keep an eye out.