Deadline is exclusively reporting that Khris Davis has been cast as two-time world heavyweight champion George Foreman in an upcoming biopic being directed by George Tillman Jr., with Sullivan Jones also cast as Muhammad Ali.
The biopic will follow the remarkable life and times of George Foreman, from Olympic Gold medalist to World Heavyweight Champion, the Rumble in the Jungle fight with Muhammad Ali in Zaire, to preach, and then stepping back into the ring to regain the heavyweight championship at the age of forty-five, making him the oldest heavyweight champion in boxing history.
Director George Tillman Jr. released a statement saying:
We went through an extensive search across the world to find someone who could channel George 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 forty-five.
The film is set up under Sony’s AFFIRM Films label, with the current script being written by Tillman Jr. and Frank Baldwin based on Dan Gordon’s original screenplay. Peter Guber and David Zelon will serve as producers on the project for Mandalay Pictures.
Production on the George Foreman is scheduled to commence in October.