“Big George Foreman” Trailer Reveals the Moving Story of a Boxing Legend
The Big Guy is getting the biopic he richly deserves.
Sony has just released the trailer for Big George Foreman: The Miraculous Story of the Once and Future Heavyweight Champion of the World, which will focus on the legendary boxer’s career, from his impoverished childhood to Olympic Gold and onto becoming the World Heavyweight Champion. There are few sports as reliably cinematic as the Sweet Science, and as we’ve learned from Raging Bull, the Rocky franchise, and the recent Creed films, with the right talent, you can create movie magic.
Big George Foreman comes from director George Tillman Jr., a man who, as a producer, brought us the excellent Mudbound and The Hate U Give. What’s more, Tillman Jr. worked with George Foreman himself, who executive produced alongside Wendy Williams, Henry Holmes, and Peter Guber. The script comes from Tillman Jr. and co-writer Frank Baldwin.
Khris Davis (Atlanta) plays Foreman, and he’s joined by a great cast that includes Forest Whitaker, John Magaro, Sonja Sohn, Erica Tazel, Jasmine Matthews, Sam Trammell, and Lawrence Gillard Jr. The film will cover some things you already know about Foreman (his ubiquitous grill, for example) and many things you certainly don’t. It will also map Foreman’s spiritual journey after a near-death experience. And, of course, it will take us inside the ring with one of the greatest to ever put on a pair of gloves.
Check out the trailer for Big George Foreman. The film arrives on April 28.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Big George Foreman: The Miraculous Story of the Once and Future Heavyweight Champion of the World is based on the remarkable true story about one of the greatest comebacks of all time and the transformational power of second chances. Fueled by an impoverished childhood, Foreman — played by Khris Davis (Judas and the Black Messiah, Broadway’s “Death of a Salesman”) — channeled his anger into becoming an Olympic Gold medalist and World Heavyweight Champion, followed by a near-death experience that took him from the boxing ring to the pulpit. But when he sees his community struggling and in need of spiritual and financial guidance, Foreman returns to the ring and makes history by reclaiming the title a second time, becoming the oldest and most improbable World Heavyweight Boxing Champion in the world.
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Featured image: (L to r) Forest Whitaker and Khris Davis star in BIG GEORGE FOREMAN: THE MIRACULOUS STORY OF THE ONCE AND FUTURE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION OF THE WORLD.