Jamie Foxx reportedly to star as Mike Tyson in biopic

Mike Tyson. (Smallz+Raskind/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc./Getty Images)

As much as so many of us hoped Mike Tyson would play himself in his own biopic, it’s looking like Jamie Foxx might be taking on the roll of the former boxer instead.

“Me and Jamie Foxx are in discussion, and we gonna do it,” Tyson told The Daily Mirror. “Within a year to 18 months, we’re going to do the Mike Tyson story and he’s going to portray me, and now they have this new animation; because you know Jamie’s pretty much my age so he can’t portray me but they have this new system.”

The “system” Tyson is referring to is CGI technology — the same type that helped reverse-age Brad Pitt in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” the Mirror writes.

The project, which according to Variety.com, really is in the works and could snag Terence Winter (“Wolf of Wall Street”) to pen its screenplay, still has a ways to go, however. Variety.com reports:

“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.”

In the meantime, if you want more Mike Tyson in your life now, check out the teaser for his new animated series on Adult Swim, “Mike Tyson Mysteries.”

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.



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