Jamie Foxx is attached to play Mike Tyson in a new biopic about the famed boxer.
“Boardwalk Empire” creator and “The Wolf of Wall Street” scribe Terence Winter is penning the screenplay, while Tyson’s manager Rick Yorn is producing. No distributor is yet onboard.
Michael Jai White starred as Tyson in a 1995 HBO telemovie, and James Toback directed the documentary “Tyson” in 2009. This would be the first feature-length biopic about his life.
It isn’t known what part of the boxer’s life it will cover though, from his mid-1980s success as the world’s undisputed heavyweight champion, to his downfall in the 1990s including his rape conviction, his imprisonment and his infamous return during which he tore a part of Evander Holyfield’s ear off with his teeth.
Tyson tells The Daily Mirror that they will use “Benjamin Button”-style computer effects to allow Foxx to portray the younger version of Tyson in the past scenes while Foxx (who is around Tyson’s age) could play him in present day scenes.
Since retiring in 2005, Tyson has cameoed in “The Hangover” movies, debuted a one-man show on Broadway in Las Vegas, published a memoir, and is the title star of the new Adult Swim show “Mike Tyson Mysteries”.