Is Jamie Foxx still playing Mike Tyson in a biopic anytime soon?
Let's find out if Mike Tyson is being played by Jamie Foxx in a biopic soon
There are very few boxers whose lives have been taken to the big screen throughout history, Mike Tyson is definitely a larger-than-life figure who needs to tell his story in the greatest possible format. For that, there was a 2015 announcement in which Oscar winning-actor Jamie foxx agreed to play tyson in a biopic.
However, the movie has been stalled for a while with constant changes in producers and directors. But the latest modification is from last year and it paints a much more hopeful scenario to when we might finally see this story told. In short, the Mike Tyson biopic starring Jamie Foxx is still in development but there have been a few changes.
Although Jamie Foxx is still the actor who will play Tyson, producers have changed as Martin Scorsese was added to the mix with ‘Training Day’ director Antoine Fuqua set to direct the project. Another aspect that has changed is the fact that this story about Mike Tyson will no longer be a feature film but a limited series.
No streaming company has been announced yet but the rumors point at either Netflix or Amazon competing for the rights to make the series. Tyson seems excited to let these artists tell his story, who are amongst the most compelling story tellers in cinema history. There is no way they will mess this up for Mike, who has a very complex story to tell about his life.
Is Jamie Foxx right for the role?
Although he started his career as a comedian, Jamie Foxx is a supremely talented artist with chops in pretty much every spectrum inside the entertainment industry. Foxx is one of the few comedians who can nail the Mike tyson impression and he’s even done it in front of ‘Iron Mike’ himself.
The two of them are good friends and tyson doesn’t trust any other actor to play him in the role. Keep in mind that Foxx already won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Ray Charles in the ‘Ray’ biopic. Alongside Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Will Smith and Sydney Poitier, Jamie is one of only five black men who have won an Oscar for Best Actor in a leading role.