Warner Bros. has revealed the first trailer for Grudge Match comedy, starring big screen legends and fictional boxing icons, Rocky’s Sylvester Stallone and Raging Bull’s Robert De Niro.
In other words, Rocky Balboa fights Jack LaMotta in this December’s Grudge Match as two retired professional boxers who used to be boxers.
Seeing these two together could be worth it with a Rocky gag and plenty of ‘you’re so old that ___’ jokes along with a creepy CGI’d version of Stallone’s younger self retiring from acting.
Peter Segel (Get Smart) directs the film originally written by Tim Kelleher, with rewrites by Doug Ellin among others.
Kevin Hart, Kim Basinger, Alan Arkin and Jon Bernthal co-star in Grundge Match which hits theaters December 25th, 2013.
Check out the trailer that hints at some dramatic elements as well.
In Grudge Match, De Niro and Stallone play Billy “The Kid” McDonnen and Henry “Razor” Sharp, two local Pittsburgh fighters whose fierce rivalry put them in the national spotlight. Each had scored a victory against the other during their heyday, but in 1983, on the eve of their decisive third match, Razor suddenly announced his retirement, refusing to explain why but effectively delivering a knock-out punch to both their careers. Thirty years later, boxing promoter Dante Slate Jr., seeing big dollar signs, makes them an offer they can’t refuse: to re-enter the ring and settle the score once and for all.
But they may not have to wait that long: on their first encounter in decades, their long-festering feud erupts into an unintentionally hilarious melee that instantly goes viral. The sudden social media frenzy transforms their local grudge match into a must-see HBO event. Now, if they can just survive the training, they may actually live to fight again.