Forest Whitaker joins Khris Davis and Sullivan Jones in the George Foreman biopic for Sony’s AFFIRM Films label.
The film will follow the remarkable life and times of George Foreman (Davis), from Olympic Gold medalist to World Heavyweight champion, Rumble in the Jungle fight with Muhammad Ali (Jones) in Zaire, to preacher, then stepping back in the ring to regain the heavyweight champion at age 45, the oldest heavyweight champion in boxing history.
Whitaker will play Doc Broadus, the man who first introduced Foreman to boxing and became his trainer and mentor. George Tillman Jr. is set to direct the biopic and co-wrote it with Frank Baldwin. It is based on the original screenplay by Dan Gordon.
“I’m excited to work with Forest, as I’ve wanted to work with him for as long as I can remember,” Tillman Jr. said in a statement to TheWrap. “I’m so inspired by his talents and his vast body of work. I’m thrilled that he’s joining our cast to play the iconic role of Doc Broadus as we embark on this journey to tell the incredible true story of George Foreman.”
Peter Guber and David Zelon are producing the George Foreman biopic for Mandalay Pictures. The George Foreman biopic is currently in pre-production and due to start filming in early 2022,
The film will be released in theaters on March 24, 2023.