Jamie Foxx is set to play Mike Tyson on the big screen.

Jamie Foxx is the bravest man who's ever lived.

Sources reportedly told Variety that Foxx will play the former heavyweight champ in an untitled biopic written by Terence Winter. Foxx's manager Rick Yorn is on board to produce.

Foxx better hope Mike Tyson is on board as well.

The project is reportedly still coming together and doesn't have a studio yet, according to Variety.

Jamie Foxx holds the award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role for his work in "Ray, " backstage at the 11th annual
Jamie Foxx holds the award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role for his work in "Ray, " backstage at the 11th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Tyson's life is ripe for a big dramatic film. Raised in poverty, he became the world's youngest heavyweight champion, with a ferocious style that unnerved opponents. His fall was as dramatic as his rise, as he went to prison for rape, came back to boxing only to bite part of Evander Holyfield's ear off during a title fight, faced bankruptcy, and dealt with the death of his young daughter. The charismatic Tyson has made a comeback of sorts, with popular appearances in "The Hangover" film franchise and doing a one-man show in Las Vegas in 2012 that he later took to Broadway with the help of Spike Lee. He also released a memoir, "Undisputed Truth," that made the New York Times bestseller list.


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Foxx won a best actor Oscar in 2005 for his portrayal of musician Ray Charles in "Ray."

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