Jamie Foxx to Lead Mike Tyson Biopic by 'Wolf of Wall Street' Writer
After having his head tattooed in Horrible Bosses, Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx will end up getting one on his face next. Variety has word that Foxx will be getting into the boxing ring to play iconic boxer Mike Tyson in a biopic that will be written by "Boardwalk Empire" creator and The Wolf of Wall Street scribe Terence Winter. The film will be produced by Rick Yorn, who also happens to be Foxx's manager, and it will be shopped to a studio once the entire package is put together. But the real question is how will Foxx, at 47 years of age, be able to play Tyson in his younger years. Well, the boxer himself has the answer. Read on!
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.” So basically, they'll use similar technology we've seen used to make Jeff Bridges younger in Tron: Legacy, and other such uses of special effects. Of course, it's not clear just how much of Tyson's life will be on display in the film, so we don't know how much of younger Mike Tyson we'll be seeing. To be fair, Foxx doesn't look very old, so the digital effects probably won't need to be too extensive to believe him as a young Tyson.
Foxx has already entered the world of boxing by playing Drew 'Bundini' Brown, the corner man for another iconic boxer, in Ali, the film about the legendary Muhammad Ali. But this will be a lead role, and could end up getting Foxx another Oscar nomination. Tyson is certainly one of the most recognizable athletes in sports history, helped by his appearances in The Hangover trilogy, and also his infamous ear-biting incident with Evander Holyfield. But beside those moments, Tyson was truly a contender in the ring, and one of the most ferocious boxers the sport has ever seen. Hopefully Foxx can do him justice on the big screen.