Jamie Foxx confirms to play Mike Tyson in a limited series

By Hanan Redwan Published on March 24, 2021
Jamie Foxx confirms to play Mike Tyson in a limited series

The former heavyweight world champion was never far from the headlines during his controversial career, eventually ending up in prison and missing out on some of his prime boxing years.

Iron Mike couldn't cope with the deadly combination of instant fame and mega-millions after a troubled childhood.

His eccentric spending was unrivaled, his temper thunderous, and his behavior was, more often than not, questionable...

In truth, the list of weird and wonderful stories to come from Tyson's life makes for fascinating reading, especially now that he has got his life back on track and is in a good place mentally and physically.

With a life-story unlike any other, it was only a matter of time before Hollywood came knocking seeking to tell Iron Mike's story.

Now, it looks like that day is finally upon us, with world-renown actor Jamie Foxx confirming he is set to play the boxer in an upcoming biopic.

In a recent interview, Foxx confirmed the exciting news before showing off a bit of what we can expect from his depiction of the boxing legend.

“I met Mike Tyson most weirdly; I was on stage doing stand-up years ago [when I was 22]. I get to my Mike Tyson joke, and nobody claps, nobody laughs. You know why? Because Mike Tyson was watching.

So I started hanging out with Mike Tyson, so I got to see Mike in two different ways, two different lives.

“I saw him at the height of his career, and then when things got bad, things got bumpy; I also saw him as well, so what I'm excited about the movie is to show those moments of the different Mike.

Please close your eyes, and it sounds exactly like Tyson speaking.

Well, it has been long in the making; all signs suggest it will be worth the wait. 

Foxx will give the role all the respect it deserves, and we can't wait for it to come out.

The project is named "Tyson," and Martin Scorsese is set to executive produce, a Tyson representative confirmed to CNN.

It had originally been planned as a movie starring Foxx, who won an Oscar for playing Ray Charles in the 2004 film, "Ray." The series, written by Colin Preston, will tell Tyson's incredible life story and how he made boxing history at just 20 years old.

I have been looking to tell my story for quite some time," Tyson said in a statement. "With the recent launch of Legends Only League and the excitement from fans following my return to the ring, now feels like the perfect moment. I look forward to collaborating with Martin, Antoine, Jamie, and the entire creative team to bring audiences a series that not only captures my professional and personal journey but also inspires and entertains."

The series is not currently attached to a network or streaming service. Tyson and his wife Kiki will also executive produce.

 

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