Putting Raging Bull’s Robert De Niro and Rocky’s Sylvester Stallone in the ring together is certainly an interesting idea, and that’s what’s happening in Grudge Match. Now the two stars have some female company, as Variety reports Kim Basinger has joined the cast of director Peter Segal’s (Get Smart) film.
The film is said to want to evoke the spirit of Space Cowboys, although rather than seeing old guys go into space, this one has retired boxers Billy “The Kid” McGuigan and Henry “Razor” Sharp (De Niro and Stallone), who were bitter rivals during their pugilist careers, coaxed out of retirement for one last bout. However these aren’t guys who gave up fighting a couple of years ago, as their last match-up was 40 years ago. Kim Basinger will play a woman with ties to both characters.
Tim Kelleher wrote the original draft of the screenplay, with Entourage creator Doug Ellin providing the most recent rewrite. It isn’t known when the film might shoot.