After portraying M’Baku in both Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, actor Winston Duke has a slate of new roles in the pipe, one of the most anticipated being a biopic about the late Kimbo Slice.
According to Deadline, Duke has been tapped to play Slice in Backyard Legend, which will tell the story of the brawler’s ascend from bare-knuckle fights in the backyards of neighbors in Miami to becoming a worldwide sensation.
White Boy Rick writer Andy Weir will pen the film, while Steve Lee Jones’ ’ Bee Holder Productions and Michael J. Weiss’ Webros Entertainment will produce.
“It’s a rich and layered tale about this man’s incredible journey from a poor neighborhood in Miami to becoming a worldwide phenomenon. We are ecstatic that Winston has decided to take on this both physically and emotionally challenging role. We simply could not find a better Kimbo,” Jones said.
“I’m looking forward to exploring Kimbo’s story and interrogating the expectations society places on men like him who are their own special breed of hero,” Duke added.
So far, further details are unknown, including a director and co-stars. Stay tuned for more info.
After gaining attention for videos of his backyard brawls on Youtube, Kimbo eventually transitioned into MMA, becoming the main attraction for now-defunct MMA promotion Elite XC. After being knocked out within seconds by the unknown Seth Petruzelli during an Elite XC event in 2008, Slice would go back to the drawing board and enter the UFC through their reality series The Ultimate Fighter. However, after just two fights, he was not offered a contract.
After a brief run as a boxer, from 2011 to 2013, Slice joined Bellator and fought in two main events, before passing away.
Kimbo Slice died unexpectedly in June 2016. He was just 42 years old.