Whew! The trailer for Hulu’s limited series, Mike, was released on Wednesday, and let’s just say the innanet had a lot to say about Trevante Rhodes! The Moonlight actor was cast to play the legendary Mike Tyson in a deep dive of his life journey.
The eight-episode series, which airs on August 25, will reportedly explore Tyson’s tumultuous personal life and the paths he walked to achieve success as a boxer. The limited series also “intends to examine race and class in America,” according to PEOPLE.
While Mike Tyson has been in the middle of several scandals over the course of his career, showrunner Karin Gist explained that the show’s production team aspired to “dig deeper” into his life story, as opposed to simply glorifying his life successes.
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.'”
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The 55-year old boxing champion was convicted of rape in 1992, and later had his boxing license revoked after biting Evander Holyfield’s ear. Nevertheless, Gist doubled down on the show having a balance of the good, the bad and the ugly as it pertains to Tyson and his legacy.
The show is not supposed to be a love letter or an indictment, which is why we had to include all the good, the bad, and the complexities of both.”
Taking on the role of playing Tyson is a career-changing move. While some fans praised Trevante Rhodes for diversifying his acting portfolio, others compared him to Jamie Foxx, who was slated to play Mike Tyson in a forthcoming film.
I’m happy for Trevante Rhodes, but they’ve been talking about Jamie Foxx doing a Mike Tyson biopic for almost 10 years now.
— NUFF (@nuffsaidny) June 8, 2022
If we can have 3 different actors play Peter Parker, 4 different actors play Joker, 8 different actors play Bruce Wayne, I don’t see the problem with Trevante Rhodes and Jamie Foxx both playing Mike Tyson. They’re both tremendous actors. Besides this is a limited series. https://t.co/x1YXb6sO2B
— I’m a Master of None, anymore question? (@english_shamar) June 8, 2022
Trevante Rhodes is playing Mike Tyson 🤤 pic.twitter.com/t2SAu4lxoP
— Clarke Mckenzie✨✨ (@iamclarkekent) June 9, 2022
Will y’all be tuning in this fall, Roomies?
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