Telepic examines champ's battle with Supreme Court
HBO has added a slew of thesps to its upcoming original film “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight.”Telepic, which dramatizes the boxing great’s battle with the Supreme Court over his conscientious objector status during the Vietnam War, was written by Shawn Slovo and directed by Stephen Frears. Danny Glover will play Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall — the first African-American judge on the nation’s highest court, while Ed Begley Jr. is set as Richard Nixon appointee Justice Harry Blackmun. Justice Potter Stewart will be played by Barry Levinson. While Levinson is clearly more recognized as a director more than an actor, he has appeared before the camera in a number of films and TV series, including the Robert Redford-helmed “Quiz Show.” Others cast in “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” are Bob Balaban as an advocate for Vietnam veterans and Kathleen Chalfant as Justice Marshall Harlan’s wife. Previously announced: Christopher Plummer as Harlan, Frank Langella as Chief Justice Warren Burger and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” thesp Benjamin Walker as Kevin Kennedy, a Supreme Court clerk who championed the issue and wrote the briefs that ultimately resulted in approving Ali’s status as a conscientious objector. Frank Doelger, Tracey Scoffield, and Jonathan Cameron are exec producers.