Jamie Foxx set to play Mike Tyson in biopic

Jamie Foxx, left, is set to play Mike Tyson in a biopic on the boxer's life. Photos / Getty Images
Jamie Foxx, left, is set to play Mike Tyson in a biopic on the boxer's life. Photos / Getty Images

Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx will portray controversial boxing champ Mike Tyson in a new biopic he's spent five years preparing for.

Foxx first spoke of his desire to step into the ring as the former world heavyweight champ in 2009, and now Tyson has revealed the project is up and running and he hopes cameras will begin rolling by the end of 2015.

"Me and Jamie Foxx are in discussion, and we gonna do it (sic). 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," he said.

Tyson is hoping producers will use the latest computer technology to help Foxx appear the correct age as he portrays the fighter at various stages of his 58-bout career.

He will also serve as the actor's personal trainer to help him achieve the correct level of fitness.

In 2005, Foxx won a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of blues musician Ray Charles in movie biopic Ray.

- WENN

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