Jamie Foxx is set to play Mike Tyson, one of the most well known boxers of our time. Variety is reporting that Foxx will play Tyson in an upcoming biopic to be penned by Terence Winter, who earned an Academy Award nomination for his work writing Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street.
It isn’t known what section of Tyson’s life Winter’s screenplay will focus on; there is certainly a lot for him to pick from. The first heavyweight boxer to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles, Tyson’s life has been filled with ups and downs. The loss of his heavyweight title in 1990 led to many problems, including a 6-year prison stint for rape. Other key moments in his life include biting off a part of Evander Holyfield’s ear and losing his 4-year-old daughter to an accident in 2009. In February 2013, Tyson took his one-man show Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth on a successful 36-city, three-month national tour.
The film project doesn’t have a studio attached as yet, but it is expected to get picked up once all the details are fine-tuned. Rick Yorn, a producer of The Wolf of Wall Street and TV’s Boardwalk Empire, as well as Jamie Foxx’s manager, will be spearheading the project and is attached to produce.
It would be a hell of a role for Foxx, who’s proven himself as an actor more than capable of playing real-life personas. He took home an Academy Award for playing Ray Charles in Ray, and earned accolades playing Drew ‘Bundini’ Brown in Ali and Nathaniel Ayers in The Soloist. He’ll next be seen in Horrible Bosses 2 and the Annie remake.
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