Jamie Foxx says he'll star in Mike Tyson biopic directed by Scorsese
Jamie Foxx says he'll portray Mike Tyson in a biopic directed by legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese.
Martin Scorsese is jumping back into the ring. After delivering Raging Bull in 1980, the legendary filmmaker is apparently back in the boxing movie business. This time, Scorsese will be turning Mike Tyson's life into a biopic -- with Jamie Foxx taking on the role of Tyson.
This is all according to Foxx, who revealed the news to Power 106’s The Breakfast Club on Thursday.
"I just went in with Paramount with Mike Tyson," Foxx said. "So I'm going to do the Mike Tyson story. Listen, to be in the same room pitching Mike Tyson to Paramount, Mike Tyson is on one side, I'm on the other side and doing Mike Tyson at the same time. And Martin Scorsese at the helm. This will be the first boxing movie that Martin Scorsese has done since Raging Bull."
From biting off Evander Holyfield's ear, to being the first heavyweight boxer to hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles at the same time, Tyson's boxing career contains more than enough material for Scorsese to work with. And although Scorsese hasn’t made a boxing film since 1980, he has plenty of experience with biopics, having directed both Raging Bull and, more recently, The Aviator in 2004. Foxx himself has also made his mark in the biopic genre, winning an Academy Award for his portrayal of Ray Charles in Ray.
It’s also being reported by Variety that Terence Winter -- the screenwriter of Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street -- will be writing this script too.
No one else -- including Tyson -- has confirmed the reports. But if what Foxx said is true, get your popcorn ready.
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