Hulu has crowned a new heavyweight champion of the world. The streamer has tapped Trevante Rhodes to play Mike Tyson in a Hulu Original biopic series about the legendary boxer, according to Deadline.

  • Rhodes, who starred in Moonlight, will play the controversial heavyweight champion in an eight-part series titled Iron Mike.
  • Production on the series will begin later this year.
  • Iron Mike comes from Steven Rogers, who wrote I, Tonya, and director Craig Gillespie.
  • Margot Robbie will executive produce and Mixed-ish’s Karin Gist will serve as showrunner and executive producer.
  • Rogers, Rhodes and Gillespie will also executive produce and the series will come from 20th Television.
  • That group will also be joined by Clubhouse Pictures’ Bryan Unkeless and Scott Morgan, LuckyChap’s Tom Ackerley and Entertainment 360’s Darin Friedman.
  • Some of Rhodes’ other credits include the hit Netflix film Birdbox as well as Hulu’s The United States vs. Billie Holiday.

What they’re saying:

  • Craig Erwich, President of ABC Entertainment and Hulu Originals: “Biographical pictures are a fan favorite and a staple of the movie and television business and frequently the subjects are not involved. We have a strategy of taking a modern lens and applying it to stories and figures of popular culture of the past. We’ve had a lot of success doing that and I think it reveals interesting things, not just about where we’ve been but where we are so we’re looking forward to continuing the creative conversations behind Iron Mike.”