Jamie Foxx to Play Mike Tyson in New Film (EXCLUSIVE)

Terence Winter penning the script

Having already played the corner man to one of the greatest boxers of all-time, Jamie Foxx looks ready to get back in the ring to portray one of the most recognizable boxers and sports figures of this generation.

Sources tell Variety that Foxx is attached to play Mike Tyson in an untitled biopic that Terence Winter is set to pen. Rick Yorn, who is Foxx’s manager, is shepherding the project and will produce.

The package is still coming together and is currently without a studio, but once the final details are ironed out and it is presented to the market, it shouldn’t be hard to interest a distributor.

As one of the most polarizing figures in sports, producers are eager to tackle Tyson’s life story. Known for the power and ferocity he displayed in the ring, Tyson became not just the top boxer at the end of the ’80s but one of the most popular sports figures, with a rough around-the-edges personality he displayed both in and out of the ring.

After losing his heavyweight title in 1990 following the upset loss to Buster Douglas, Tyson’s life began to spin out of control, including a six-year stint in prison after being found guilty of rape. Tyson returned to boxing but never quite returned to form, and became more known for his losses to Evander Holyfied (a match which made headlines when Tyson bit off part of Holyfield’s ear) and Lennox Lewis.

After leaving boxing in 2005, Tyson still had hurdles to overcome, such as his 2003 bankruptcy and the death of his young daughter. In recent years, he has kept out of trouble.

He premiered a one-man show in Vegas in 2012 that he later took to Broadway with the help of Spike Lee and released a memoir “Undisputed Truth” that made the New York Times bestseller list.

Though it’s unknown exactly which parts of Tyson’s life Winter will focus on, he has plenty of material to cover over the past 30 years. HBO tackled the story before with the 1995 pic “Tyson” starring Michael Jai White, but no one has tried to adapt his story as a feature film, though boxing is a popular sport for films.

Foxx played Muhammad Ali’s corner man Dwight “Bundini” Brown in “Ali” and also cocky quarterback Willie Beamen in Oliver Stone’s “Any Given Sunday.” Winter, on the other hand, is no stranger to taking on controversial figures after receiving an Oscar nom for adaptation on Wall Street bad boy Jordan Belfort’s life in “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Foxx can be seen next in Sony’s reboot of “Annie.” He is repped by CAA and LBI Entertainment. Winter is repped by CAA and is currently working on the final season of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.”

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  1. How wonderful it is to stick to a project they like. Jamie Foxx is ready to Mike Tyson to come out of his sleepy mood to keep up with Mike Tyson Biopic movie coming up soon.

  2. ice says:

    REALLY……and I guess minni me will be the next james bond.

  3. Mercedes Scott says:

    Would like to purchase 8by10 photo of foxx and costar in annie for my seven year old grandsughter.

  4. I am sure Jamie will do a good job however I would rather see mike playing himself.

    Seeing mike on the screen would be fantastic and a hugh draw

  5. dan says:

    this isnt much of a stretch considering, he played tyson a few times on In Living Color

  6. Ashley Murphy says:

    Michael Jai White should have been given the role. He is a better choice and resembles the build of Mike Tyson. He also has acting experience under his belt.

  7. Jersey Boy says:

    The only similarities between Jaime Fox and Mike Tyson are (1) they are both black and (2) they are both men. That’s about it. Jaime Fox does not look like Tyson, he is not built like Tyson, he does not sound like Tyson and he instills fear in no one. This movie is a sure fire fail before it even gets into production, which is a shame.

  8. M. Strain Jr. says:

    Are there seriously no other black actors who can do this? He already played Ray Charles; let someone else have a chance! I think Jamie Foxx could play my big right toe in a movie and make it one of the greatest movies ever made, but this dude is in too much stuff already.

  9. Geo says:

    I admire Jamie Foxx’s work but he is too small and too old to play Tyson’s life story. Mike Tyson is only 1-2 years older than Jamie Foxx.

  10. yojim says:

    Well enjoy this one, buddy.

  11. Too bad they aren’t going to bring back Michael Jai White, who played him the first time. He was great.

  12. mehrdad says:

    I saw an interview with mike tyson on vice (the jim norton show) and he talk about it over there,
    STOP saying EXCLUSIVE it’s not EXCLUSIVE!

  13. James Propane says:

    Can we get a young/unknown Black actor to play Mike Tyson. I like Jamie Foxx, but him and Tyson are the same age. Plus Tyson rose to fame as a teenager. I don’t wanna see Jamie Foxx playing a teenager.

  14. davidf95 says:

    Michael Jai White would make a much better Mike Tyson.

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