The Black Panther breakout star is set to play Kimbo Slice in Backyard Legend.
Winston Duke, the actor, who recently played M’Baku in Marvel’s historic Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, is taking on the role of MMA legend Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson in the forthcoming biopic, Backyard Legend.
The film is being produced by Steve Lee Jones’ Bee Holder Productions and Michael J. Weiss’ Webros Entertainment, and the screenplay is being written by Andy Weiss.
“It’s a rich and layered tale about this man’s incredible journey from a poor neighborhood in Miami to becoming a worldwide phenomenon. We are ecstatic that Winston has decided to take on this both physically and emotionally challenging role,” Jones told Deadline.
“I’m looking forward to exploring Kimbo’s story and interrogating the expectations society places on men like him who are their own special breed of hero,”en Duke said in a statement.
The Bahamian-born Kimbo Slice rose from poverty to mixed martial arts fame after his brutal backyard style fights garnered attention on YouTube. He died from heart failure and a liver mass in 2016 at the age of 42.
The role of Michael Imber, Kimbo’s longtime friend and manager has yet to be cast.
Duke is also slated to star in Jordan Peele’s upcoming movie Us.
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