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An epic new trailer for the highly-anticipated Mike Tyson biopic Mike has dropped and it’s gotten us seriously hyped.
Hulu dropped the trailer for the upcoming eight-episode series that is set to detail some of Iron Mike’s incredible highs and tragic lows throughout his career inside the ring and life outside of it.
The streamer has described the series as ‘an unauthorised and no-holds-barred look at the life of Mike Tyson’ – and what a life it has been.
The trailer depicts Trevante Rhodes, of Moonlight fame, as the heavyweight boxer and it looks like we’re going to get a huge look into Tyson’s rise as a fighter and how his career manifested the personality we know today.
Cuts from the trailer show Tyson’s childhood, his 1992 prison sentence, and of course, the infamous ear-biting incident involving Evander Holyfield.
The series comes from screenwriter Steven Rodgers, who famously wrote the award-winning I, Tonya, which detailed the life of Tonya Harding and the 1994 attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan.
So we know Iron Mike’s story is in good hands.
He’s bringing his I, Tonya team with him as director Craig Gillespie, Clubhouse Pictures’ Bryan Unkeless and Scott Morgan, and LuckyChap’s Tom Ackerley and Margot Robbie will also be executive producers.
Karin Gist serves as showrunner for the biopic and has claimed the show won’t look to ‘glorify’ Mike Tyson’s life, but instead be a deep dive.
She told Entertainment Weekly: "We were never trying to say that Mike Tyson is a hero or Mike Tyson is a villain.
"Our goal was to take a very complicated and controversial figure and try to get under the hood of what he was praised and vilified for while staying true to our North Star of no one person is one thing.
"Putting stories like this in the spotlight and pulling them out of the shadows is crucial to moving forward and getting the conversation to the next level.
"We wanted people to see Mike's own culpability in his life and society's culpability as well' and 'to let our audience decide what they think and feel."
First Look at Trevante Rhodes as Mike Tyson in Hulu’s upcoming limited series. pic.twitter.com/UCZ5AEppFC— Film Updates (@FilmUpdates) June 8, 2022
However, it seems the former boxing champ isn’t completely on board with the idea.
Tyson condemned the series in a now-deleted post, saying: “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."
Whether his stance on the series has changed or not is unknown, but either way, we are in for an intriguing insight into Mike’s life.
Viewers will be able to step into the ring with Tyson when the show premiers on August 25.
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