Mike Tyson Confirms Jamie Foxx Will Play Him in Upcoming Biopic
Hollywood loves a good biopic, but for both advertising and the film’s sake, executives tend to green light the more controversial stories first. Such is the case with the rumored biopic of Mike Tyson, starring
Hollywood loves a good biopic, but for both advertising and the film’s sake, executives tend to green light the more controversial stories first. Such is the case with the rumored biopic of Mike Tyson, starring Jamie Foxx and to be directed by the legendary Martin Scorsese. Foxx himself hinted at the possibility of the project back in 2014, confirming himself in the leading role as well as the involvement Scorsese and Wolf of Wall Street writer Terence Winter. But that was three years ago, and there has not been much chatter about the project since… until now.
Mike Tyson himself reportedly confirmed that Jamie Foxx has signed on and the project “is on.” “Filming hasn’t started yet but it’s going to happen,” Tyson told The Jasmine Brand. “A lot of people aren’t going to like the things I’ve done in my life.”
This is the only source of information about Tyson’s comment, and there have been no official announcements on the biopic as of yet. Foxx’s publicist could not be reached for comment.
But in a January interview with Screen Rant, Jamie Foxx seemed to confirm that the movie is a go. The exchange goes as follows:
Screen Rant: Speaking of getting punched, one of the most polarizing lives of the past thirty years has been Mike Tyson. I know you were attached [to a biopic of Tyson], what’s the update on that?
Jamie Foxx: That is a go.
Screen Rant: It’s a go? Martin Scorsese’s still attached?
Jamie Foxx: Yeah, he’s attached, and it’s—Mike Tyson’s life is one of the most amazing American stories.
This is exciting news, especially when you start imagining what a team of this caliber could achieve with such a complicated story. To help your imagination run wild, here’s Jamie Foxx detailing what would be the opening scene of the Mike Tyson movie in a 2015 interview with Hot 97.