Trevante Rhodes will pack a one-two punch as both the star and one of the executive producers of the upcoming Hulu limitee series Iron Mike.
The actor is set to portray boxing legend Mike Tyson in the eight-part series, The Wrap reported Thursday.
Rhodes is perhaps best known for his role in the Oscar-winning film Moonlight. He also co-starred in the critically acclaimed 2021 film The United States vs. Billie Holiday and 2018’s Bird Box from Netflix.
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Per Hulu, Iron Mike will explore Tyson’s “tragic and controversial life and career. The series aims to go beyond the hype, headlines and media frenzy to examine a story that deals with racism, misogyny, wealth divide and the impact of generational trauma in America told through the lens of this boxing legend.”
There’s no word from Tyson on how he feels about Rhodes taking on the role. But the former champ has previously expressed his frustration with Hulu about the series.
As previously reported, Tyson slammed the streaming service in February for producing the series without his input.
“Hulu’s announcement to do an unauthorized mini-series of the Tyson story without compensation, although unfortunate, isn’t surprising. This announcement on the heels of social disparities in our country is a prime example of how Hulu’s corporate greed led to this tone-deaf cultural misappropriation of the Tyson life story,” he said in an Instagram post.
Besides Rhodes, Margot Robbie, Craig Gillespie and Steven Rogers will also serve as executive producers on the series. Rogers is the show’s creator and Gillespie will direct. Karin Gist will serve as showrunner and executive produce via The Gist of It along with Claire Brown. Clubhouse Pictures’ Bryan Unkeless and Scott Morgan will also executive produce alongside Rhodes and Entertainment 360’s Darin Friedman.
20th Television is producing the series, and production on Iron Mike is expected to start later this year.