Film On George Foreman To Premiere In Theaters In April
Foreman holds the record of the oldest heavyweight champion in boxing.
Former two-time heavyweight champion George Foreman is getting his own movie.
A biopic on the life of Foreman will reportedly debut in theatres on April 28. It doesn’t have an official title or trailer yet.
“Big George” dominated the heavyweight division. He recorded a stat sheet of 76 wins, 68 knockouts and just five losses in a career that lasted from 1969 to 1997.
Just before going pro in boxing, Foreman won a gold medal in boxing for the U.S. at the 1968 Olympics. Throughout his illustrious career, he defeated the division’s top talents including Joe Frazier (twice), Ken Norton and Ron Lyle.
His parade was spoiled by Muhammad Ali in 1974, where he lost in their famous “Rumble in the Jungle” matchup.
Foreman took a 10-year hiatus after a loss to Jimmy Young. He eventually retired in 1987, but his comeback campaign peaked when he became the oldest heavyweight champion of all time at the age of 45. He knocked out Michael Moorer in 1994.
Outside of boxing, Foreman is a Christian-ordained minister and is the entrepreneur behind the successful George Foreman Grill.
He was recently in the headlines, in August, after two women accused him of sexual abuse in the 1970s. Foreman has denied the claims and said that he’s being extorted.
Actor Khris Davis – who’s appeared as Steel in “Judas and the Black Messiah” and Malik in “Space Jam: A New Legacy” — will play as Foreman. Mandalay Pictures will reportedly produce the film.
It’ll be directed by George Tillman Jr and will also feature actors Forest Whitaker, Matthew Glave, John Magaro, Sullivan Jones, Jasmine Mathews, Sonja Sohn, Shein Mompremier, Lawrence Gilliard Jr, Sam Trammell, Erica Tazel, Matthew Glave and Al Sapienza, according to Boxing Scene.
“It took me a lot of time until I was ready to tell my story on the big screen, but with George Tillman at the helm, I knew I was good. When you get knocked down, you get back up again both in life and in the ring,” Foreman said earlier this year about the film,” said Frank Baldwin, who wrote the screenplay.