After playing Muhammad Ali’s cornerman in the 2001 biopic ALI, actor Jamie Foxx is getting back into the ring to portray one of the sport’s icons: Mike Tyson.
According to Variety, the 46-year-old actor has been tapped to play Tyson in an untitled biopic that Terence Winter is set to pen. While details are still coming together, producers are said to be aiming at telling the boxer’s well-documented life story.
HBO released Tyson in 1995, in which actor Michael Jai White played the boxer. However, this would be the first time Mike’s life story would be told on the big screen.
During the 1980s, Tyson became one of the most recognized figures it not only boxing, but sports as a whole.
He won the WBC Heavyweight title in 1986 in a TKO win over Trevor Berbick and retained the title for nine fights before eventually losing (for the first time) against Buster Douglas in one of boxing’s biggest upsets.
After, Tyson’s life began to spin out of control, including a six-year stint in prison after being found guilty of rape. Though, he returned to boxing after his release… and quickly won a title, he was never quite the same.
When he left boxing in 2005, Tyson had a lot of issues to resolve, including financial problems, though he’s kept out of trouble in recent years.