Jamie Foxx to Play Mike Tyson in Planned Biopic

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    Jamie Foxx is set to play Mike Tyson, pictured, in an upcoming biopic about the heavyweight champion.

    Jamie Foxx may have met his next Oscar match.

    In a bit of TKO casting, the 46-year-old actor is attached to play Mike Tyson in an as-yet untitled biopic about the former heavyweight boxing champ being penned by "Boardwalk Empire" creator Terence Winter.

    Foxx's manager, Rick Yorn, is producing and has been instrumental in getting the project off the ground, according to Variety.

    While it's unclear as yet which areas of Tyson's life the film will focus on, the plot is rife with possibility, considering Tyson's triumph- and tragedy-packed, rags-to-riches-to-prison-to-bankrupty-to-riches-to-pop-culture-infamy trajectory.

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    Tyson himself brought his story to Broadway in the Spike Lee-directed one-man show "Mike Tyson: The Undisputed Truth," but that might have been it for him as far as reliving his own life night after night goes.

    "Listen, me and Jamie Foxx are in discussions and within a year or 18 months we're going to do the 'Mike Tyson Story,'" Tyson — who also has a new Cartoon Network show, "Mike Tyson Mysteries" — said during an appearance on IGN's Comic-Con livestream over the weekend.

    "I'm never going to watch the movie, of course, because... Or I'll probably watch it alone," he added.

    Tyson also said that he thinks Martin Scorsese "is going to be involved" as well, though the Variety report made no mention of the filmmaker, who is also an executive producer of "Boardwalk Empire" with Winter.

    Foxx, who is two years younger than Tyson, won the Best Actor Oscar in 2005 for channeling R&B-soul legend Ray Charles in "Ray."

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