Khris Davis and Sullivan Jones have been cast in the George Foreman biopic for Sony’s AFFIRM Films label.
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.
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.
After an extensive search for someone to portray the two-time heavy-weight, it was Davis who ultimately was cast.
“We went through an extensive search across the world to find someone who could channel George,” said Tillman Jr “and ultimately, Khris was the only one who could encapsulate his journey so effortlessly as he went from one of boxing’s most feared fighter to retirement only to achieve one of the most astonishing comebacks at age 45.”
Peter Guber and David Zelon are producing the George Foreman biopic for Mandalay Pictures. Production is slated to commence in October.
Davis most recently appeared in the Oscar-nominated film Judas and the Black Messiah. Jones can currently be seen in Netflix limited series Halston with Ewan McGregor.
As of now there is no release date attached.