Michael B. Jordan is set to executive produce a limited series for Amazon Studios on the life of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, in partnership with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation.
Deadline reported the news on Monday, the same day Amazon announced Jordan’s Outlier Society company entered into an exclusive first look film and television deal with Amazon Studios.
“It’s an incredible honor and I bring tons of respect to it,” Jordan told Deadline. “It’s a healthy weight to carry, to be able to tell the story of Muhammad Ali. It’s called The Greatest right now and we’re partnered with Roc Nation on the music side of things.”
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The Creed actor will not play the famed boxing champion, with the role expected to go to a different actor.
Josh Wakely (Motown Magic) will be the writer for the series and Ali’s estate has given its blessing on the television series.
“People know Muhammad Ali from his boxing days, but this is an opportunity to go beyond the ring, and more into the man. It’s going to give more of a 360 degree view of who he was,” Jordan added.
No release date has been announced for the upcoming series.
Next up for his slate with Amazon, the Black Panther actor will be the lead in Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse, which will premiere on April 30.