Hulu’s limited series Iron Mike, is rounding out its cast. The streamer added Laura Harrier, Olunike Adeliyi, TJ Atoms, Harvey Keitel, and Grace Zabriski to the cast. They will recur opposite previously added series star Trevante Rhodes who is portraying former heavyweight champion, Mike Tyson.
The unauthorized eight-episode series will explore the wild, tragic and controversial life and career of heavyweight champion Tyson – one of the most polarizing figures in sports culture.
Harrier will portray Robin Givens, the actress and Tyson’s first wife who is beautiful and outspoken. Adeliyi will play Lorna Mae, Mike’s mother, who’s been hardened by a system designed to keep her down.
Keitel will play Cus D’Amato, Tyson’s first trainer, mentor and eventually adoptive father and Zabriski plays Cus’ wife Camille D’Amato who considers Mike a son — and is shocked when Robin confronts her about Mike paying her mortgage.
Lastly, Atoms will play Barkim, one of Mike’s earliest friends who, despite his thievery, recognizes the young boxer’s talent.
Iron Mike comes from the team behind I, Tonya. Screenwriter Steven Rogers and Director Craig Gillespie are attached while title star Margot Robbie is attached as exec producer as well as Mixed-ish’s Karin Gist is set as showrunner.
Gist will also executive produce along with 20th Television Rogers, Rhodes, Gillespie and Robbie. The Gist Of It’s Claire Brown, Clubhouse Pictures’ Bryan Unkeless and Scott Morgan, LuckyChap’s Tom Ackerley and Entertainment 360’s Darin Friedman is also executive producer. Anthony Hemingway, Anthony Sparks, Samantha Corbin-Miller and Rhodes will also executive produce.
Tyson is not apart of Hulu’s Iron Mike and publically condoned the streamer in February when the project was first announced. He accused the Disney-owned network of “cultural misappropriation” and said it was “tone-deaf” to announce particularly during Black History Month.
Iron Mike is just one of the two Tyson stories in the works. An authorized limited series Jamie Foxx starring is in the works Antoine Fuqua and Martin Scorsese. Tyson is the executive producer of that project. No network is attached to it as of yet.