About a month ago, we were all treated to the first trailer for the new boxing comedy Grudge Match, headlined by Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone. Now that we’ve all had time to digest and build up anticipation for the upcoming middle-aged hijinks, three new retro-style posters have been released to further sweeten our palates. Two of them are character posters profiling the fighters, and one shows the two greats squaring up against each other in a mock-up promotional.
The last time we saw both De Niro and Sly together was in James Mangold’s powerful police drama Cop Land, and since then, fans have been waiting for the day where Rocky Balboa would do the shuffle with Jake LaMotta in the ring.
In the film, De Niro and Sly play Billy “Kid” McDonnen and Henry “Razor” Sharp, respectively, two retired boxers who have the opportunity to step into the ring to settle an old score with one another 30 years after their last bout.
Directed by frequent Adam Sandler collaborator Peter Segal, who has been off the grid since 2008’s enjoyable film adaptation of Get Smart, this looks to be a return to form as Sly and De Niro have a very natural chemistry that plays well to the physical comedy that is on display here. Just the thought of two ageing boxers having to don the gloves again and get back into those arduous and punishing training regimes is enough to placate this fan.
Grudge Match is set to hit theatres on December 25th, will you be standing ringside or will you have a front row centre seat? Leave a comment below and let us know if you’re geared up for this old school face off.