Jamie Foxx Tapped To Star As Mike Tyson In Biopic

 8-4-2014 3-32-30 PM

Heavyweight champion Mike Tyson revealed that Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx will portray him in a biopic they plan to film with director Taylor Hackford.

Foxx, 46, is no stranger to biopics or sports. Hackford first teamed up with the Spider-Man actor to document the tremendous triumphs, failures, loves and losses of legendary musician Ray Charles in the 2004 biopic Ray, which earned Foxx an Academy Award for ‘Best Actor’ with his portrayal of Charles. He also starred opposite Will Smith in Ali as the title character’s cornerman, Drew Bundini Brown, and as quarterback Willie Beaman in Oliver Stone’s Any Given Sunday in 1999.

“Within a year to 18 months, we’re going to do the Mike Tyson story and [Jamie Foxx] is going to portray me,” said Tyson. “Now they have this new animation because you know Jamie’s pretty much my age so he can’t portray me, but we have this new system.”

Foxx’s face will be transformed using CGI animation technology to play Tyson’s younger days. It is the same technology that changed Brad Pitt from an old man to a baby in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Tyson rose to fame as a ferocious, hard-hitting 20-year-old when he won the 1986 World Boxing Council championship. He dared anyone to challenge him, but lost his footing over the years when divorce, rape, bankruptcy, psychotic behavior and various other incidents changed his reputation from one of the most beloved athletes to one of the most despised figures in all of sports.

According to Variety magazine, the movie is in development under Foxx manager, Rick Yorn, who will produce the film. Terrance Winter, whose screenplay credits include The Wolf of Wall Street and episodes of The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire, is set to write the script.

There is no doubt Foxx has the acting abilities to master any role he is challenged with, but will he be able to take on Tyson’s role as the youngest heavyweight champion to win a title at age 20? Tell us your thoughts below.

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