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Tyson: Foxx to play me in film

ESPN staff
August 1, 2014
Mike Tyson says Jamie Foxx's face will be manipulated using CGI © AP

Mike Tyson says Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx has agreed to portray him in a film they are planning to start within the next 18 months.

The former heavyweight champion says the face of 46-year-old Foxx will be manipulated using CGI animation technology for scenes in which Tyson, 48, was a younger man.

According to Variety, the movie is in development under Foxx's manager Rick Yorn, who will produce the film.

The magazine also says the script will be written by Terence Winter, whose screenplay credits include The Wolf of Wall Street as well as episodes of The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire.

Foxx, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of singer Ray Charles in 2004, is no stranger to sports movies.

He played Muhammad Ali's corner man Dwight Brown in 2001's Ali, and quarterback Willie Beamen in Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday in 1999.

For Tyson, the movie would follow other recent efforts that have told his life story.

An autobiography titled "Undisputed Truth" was released late last year, and he appeared in August 2012 for a limited run on Broadway in a one-man show directed by Spike Lee.

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