RELATED STORIES Two-time Oscar victor Mahershala Ali is climbing back right into the premium wire ring to play epic boxer Jack Johnson in a restricted collection in growth at HBO.
Entitled Unruly, the six-part collection is being billed as “an unapologetically Black, no-holds-barred telling of Jack Johnson, the world’s first Black Heavyweight Boxing Champion. This vibrant exploration shows the champ’s increase to sports success and the prices he paid for his skin and also defiance, which created a blueprint for Black resistance in every justice motion for generations to come.”
The project is based on Ken Burns’ PBS docudrama Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, in addition to the coming with friend publication by Geoffrey C. Ward
Acclaimed playwright as well as Shameless co-producer Dominique Morisseau will certainly function as writer/EP along with Ali as well as Tom Hanks. Home of Cards creator Beau Willimon, who cast Ali in the Netflix political thriller, will be a Co-EP.
Ali, who returns to the HBO fold after starring in the third seasin of True Detective, played Johnson in one of his initial specialist acting tasks: a phase production of The Great White Hope in 2000.