Since 2015, talks of Jamie Foxx’s alignment with Mike Tyson’s reported biopic have steadily gained steam. From a number of in-person interviews, Foxx talked at length about his desire to portray the famed pro-boxer. Now, Tyson has reportedly confirmed the entertainer’s wish, according to The Jasmine Brand.
“It’s on, as of right now. Jamie Foxx has signed on for it,” Tyson shared. “Filming hasn’t started yet, but it’s going to happen.” He then forewarned readers that, “A lot of people aren’t going to like the things I’ve done in my life.”
Two years ago, Foxx shared a glimpse of his friendship with the Brooklyn native on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. There, he told the story of when he first met the man known as Iron Mike and a joke he was hesitant to share in front of him during a stand-up routine.
A source also told The Sun that “Mike knows it is Jamie’s dream to play him and they have talked about gym work and how he could put him through his paces. The only thing is if they go sparring and Mike connects, Jamie may never make any movie again.” The last biopic Foxx received critical-acclaim for was his portrayal of Ray Charles. He won the Oscar for Best Actor in 2005.
Details are still forthcoming.