First Ray Charles and now Mike Tyson. Actor/comedian/singer Jamie Foxx will get to show off more of his acting range, as he will get to portray one of the most successful boxers of the modern day. According to a report by Variety Thursday, Foxx is slotted to play Mike Tyson in an untitled biopic to be written by Terence Winter and produced by Rick Yorn, Foxx’s manager.
Final details are still being ironed out as the project is still without a studio. As one of the most popular sports figures of this generation, bringing Tyson’s life story to the big screen would give great insight on Tyson’s rise and fall as a professional boxer and will dive inside the depth of his rough personality in and out of the ring.
The 48-year-old boxer is very much on board with the project and the casting of Foxx. In an interview with the Daily Mirror, he said, “Me and Jamie Foxx are in discussion, and we gonna do it. Within a year to 18 months, we’re going to do the Mike Tyson story and he’s going to portray me.”
It is unclear as to what part of Tyson’s life Winter will focus on, but it will still feature a much younger Tyson, which means the 46-year-old Foxx will be portraying the role using CGI technology to make him appear younger. If anyone can pull off duplicating Tyson’s personality, it is Foxx who is no stranger to biopic films. In addition to playing Ray Charles, Foxx played Muhammad Ali’s corner man Dwight “Bundini” Brown in “Ali.”
This will be the first time Tyson’s life has been tackled on the big screen. HBO did release the 1995 movie “Tyson” starring Michael Jai White, but it didn’t explore the depth of Tyson’s life like this project will. Jamie Foxx will definitely have some interesting material to work with.