Trevante Rhodes is reworking into boxer Mike Tyson in Hulu’s forthcoming drama. On June 8, the streaming big launched the primary teaser for “Mike” — an eight-episode restricted collection that facilities on the polarizing former heavyweight champ — displaying flashes of Tyson’s early childhood days, boxing profession, and tumultuous relationship with ex-wife Robin Givens (portrayed by Laura Harrier).
The “Moonlight” star was forged because the main man within the Hulu collection in Might 2021, shortly after Jamie Foxx was introduced to star in one other Mike Tyson restricted collection, with Antoine Fuqua and Martin Scorsese government producing, Variety reported.
Simply three months earlier than Rhodes’s casting information broke, Tyson slammed the Hulu project, initially titled “Iron Mike.” “Hulu’s announcement to do an unauthorized mini-series of the Tyson story with out compensation, though unlucky, is not stunning,” he wrote in a since-deleted Instagram put up. “This announcement on the heels of social disparities in our nation is a main instance of how Hulu’s company greed led to this tone-deaf cultural misappropriation of the Tyson life story.” The boxer added that the “actual Mike Tyson licensed story” was on the best way (purported to be the Foxx-led challenge), although there have been no current updates.
Regardless of Tyson’s protests, the “Mike” staff proceeded with the present with plans to “dig deeper” into the story behind the boxer’s life and public controversies. “The present shouldn’t be meant to glorify his life,” showrunner Karin Gist informed Entertainment Weekly. “We have been by no means making an attempt to say that Mike Tyson is a hero or Mike Tyson is a villain. Our purpose was to take a really sophisticated and controversial determine and attempt to get underneath the hood of what he was praised and vilified for whereas staying true to our North Star of ‘nobody individual is one factor.'”
Together with Rhodes and Harrier, the forged of “Mike” embrace Russell Hornsby, Harvey Keitel, and Li Eubanks. The brand new collection premieres Aug. 25. Watch the trailer above.