There's been huge news from Hollywood over the past 24 hours as Jamie Foxx confirmed one of the most anticipated sports biopics in years. Yesterday Foxx said the long-awaited Tyson film would be going ahead, with Foxx playing the Bronx boxer.
The film has been mooted since 2009. IMDB refers to it solely as Untitled Mike Tyson Biopic. There were rumours that Martin Scorcese had been on board to direct it. Jamie Foxx won an Oscar for playing Ray Charles back in the 2004. The first poster for the film was released yesterday and it's got us excited.
Can't wait for the @MikeTyson biopic with @iamjamiefoxx #MikeTyson pic.twitter.com/mzcCR0tt2y
— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) June 19, 2020
Here's a video of Foxx confirming that the movieis going ahead (and showing off his Mike Tyson impersonation) with Mike Birnbaum, and revealing a few photos of his physique.
✅🎬 Jamie Foxx confirms he is playing Mike Tyson in an upcoming movie which is officially moving forward…
[📽️ Mark Birnbaum] pic.twitter.com/MLoeeKQAoZ
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) June 19, 2020
Internet sleuths have done their work and screengrabbed those photos of Foxx. He looks seriously ripped.
"The transformation begins." - Jamie Foxx on getting in shape to play Mike Tyson 💪 (via @iamjamiefoxx) pic.twitter.com/AMX8K6wJdd
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) June 19, 2020
Tyson's story is incredible and tragic. In his pomp, Tyson was one of the most fearsome heavyweights of all time. We hope the film will not whitewash Tyson's rape conviction in 1992 and not simply glorify his greatness in the ring. It's clear from interviews with Foxx that Tyson is involved with the making of this film, which could have a massive bearing on its narrative shape.