Jamie Foxx to Lead Mike Tyson Biopic by 'Wolf of Wall Street' Writer

July 30, 2014
Source: Variety

Jamie Foxx / Mike Tyson

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.

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Just give him another oscar.

Jon Odishaw on Jul 30, 2014


ugh, i would be okay with this if it werent for that de-aging CG theyre hinting at.

jay on Jul 30, 2014



Xerxexx on Jul 30, 2014


Tyson wasn't just a contender Ethan, he was one of the rare heavyweight champions, unifying the title by winning all 3 belts at the time. He also had 9 title defenses. Tyson's story, in my opinion, only gets more interesting after he fought his last bought. I take it that's why Foxx is playing Tyson: get his story into the later years. I'd be interested to see how he wrestled his demons and became a gentler man, who performs a one-man-show to sold out crowds.

Quanah on Jul 30, 2014


I don't normally go out of my way to defend the writers of this site, but I will in this instance. The writer with the possible fake-name-taken-from-Tom-Cruise-characters also stated that Tyson was, and I quote, "one of the most ferocious fighters the sport has ever seen", and amazingly enough, that quote was taken from the same sentence that you quoted! How about that? Perhaps he doesn't know the whole details about Tyson's career, but I'd say what I quoted pretty much trumps (and cancels out) what you single-mindlessly chastised him on. As for Foxx, I also wondered how a man who's practically just as old as Tyson would portray him throughout his career. Yes, he is 47, and yes he doesn't look 47. I think he more or less portrayed Django as a younger man, so I suppose he could pull this off (assuming they don't use the "Jeff Bridges technique"). All he needs is the audience to accept him playing a much younger man, and he's on his way.

kuzosake on Jul 31, 2014


1. I did not chastise. Often, you cannot account for tone. I happen to like Ethan. What I wrote is an addendum. Not a scathing remark to belittle. 2. I'm sure it wasn't your intent, but to call-out his potential "fake-name" sounds more like a chastise to me. 3. As a boxing fan, a former amateur boxer, and a student/historian of the sport, if I were to "chastise Ethan", it would be more-so for only declaring him BOTH a "ferocious fighter" AND "a contender." To a champion, those 2 traits will never be good enough because they don't capture that one, important word: champion. Now, merely pointing that out, as I think I made clear, doesn't constitute a chastise. Again, I like Ethan. Not everyone knows boxing history, so no harm no foul, but I think it was important to mention because a boxer who acted the way Tyson did isn't a big enough story to warrant a film. However, a champion who acted the way Tyson did could be an Oscar contender if done well. I understand why you made the assumption I was being a jerk. However, I was not.

Quanah on Jul 31, 2014


Yes, you're right. Typing what you want to say on the World Wide Web is not the same as expressing your opinion in person. I have to be honest here. I am not a big fan of this website. I crave movie news, so I access this website sometimes, but more specifically I do not care for the people who type the articles here. Hence the public insinuation that the writer here has a fake name. I saw the name years ago and I assumed it was fake, and I looked up the writer and apparently he's a big Tom Cruise fan, so I put 2-and-2 together and made my (still-standing) assumption. If I'm wrong, cool. He has a cool name. Off topic here. Anyway, you're also right about Tyson. He was way more than "just a contender". I just saw what you wrote and decided you singled out a few words without reading the rest of the article. The writer could have used better words, to be sure, but overall I didn't feel like he cheapened Tyson, hence my response.

kuzosake on Jul 31, 2014


Foxx will have to put on major, major weight for this role. He has the talent.

DAVIDPD on Jul 31, 2014


Thats good. Mike Tyson deserves an A-list actor like Foxx to portray him. But man hes gonna have a tough time packing on another 25lbs of muscle

Rock n Rollllll on Jul 31, 2014


I think it would be much better to have Mike Tyson play Mike Tyson in a Mike Tyson movie using mocap for a yonger looking Mike Tyson and Foxx can play Don King

DJROBL on Jul 31, 2014

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