Samuel L. Jackson Joins Cast of Peacock’s Muhammad Ali Limited Series ‘Fight Night’

Samuel L. Jackson at the World premiere of 'Spider-Man Far From Home' held at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, USA on June 26, 2019. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Samuel L. Jackson is set to go toe-to-toe with Kevin Hart in Peacock’s upcoming limited series, Fight Night: The Million Dollar Heist.

Peacock ordered the series in December, with Hart attached to star and executive produce.

Jackson will portray criminal mastermind Frank Moten in the drama about an armed robbery on the night of a historic Muhammad Ali fight, Variety reported Friday.

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The project is based on the Will Packer-produced iHeartPodcast “Fight Night.” Packer will executive produce the series with Hart.

According to the official description, the series is set in Atlanta and will tell “the infamous story of how an armed robbery during the night of Muhammad Ali’s historic 1970 comeback fight changed not only one man’s life, but an entire city’s destiny.”

Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow, Dolemite Is My Name) is co-executive producer and will direct episodes 101 and 102.

The project marks a reunion for Brewer and Jackson, who they worked together on the 2006 film Black Snack Moan.

Series creator and writer Shaye Ogbanna (The Chi, God’s Country) will serve as showrunner and co-executive produce alongside Jason Horwitch (Echo 3, The Calling).

Additional executive producers include Bryan Smiley and Mike Stein for Hartbeat; Sabrina Wind for Will Packer Media; Conal Byrne, Lars Jacobson, Will Pearson and Carrie Lieberman for iHeartPodcasts; and podcast co-host Jeff Keating. Tiffany Brown and Kenny Burns are also executive producers.