The iconic athlete Mike Tyson has launched the global search for an actor to portray him in a tell-all movie about his life.
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Bruce Willis is to play Mike’s trainer Cus D’Amato in the movie ‘Cornerman’ and has teamed up with director Rupert Friend to find a young African-American actor to play the boxer in his younger years.
Constantine ‘Cus’ D’Amato (Willis) is a reluctantly retired boxing coach who in his heyday discovered and trained some of the greatest heavyweight world champions. Now, along with his long-time partner Camille, he runs a small gym where he and his trainers, including lithe former street-brawler Teddy Atlas, coach young contenders. But the backer of the gym is pressuring him to find a real competitor and secure Cus’ professional legacy. So, when a friend drops by with 13-year-old Mike Tyson, Cus is intrigued. Mike gets into trouble with his fists, displaying his raw but incredibly powerful talent. Seeing the kid’s extraordinary potential, Cus enrolls him in his gym and welcomes him in his home, determined to turn the mercurial hothead into the youngest-ever heavyweight world champion.
The project is yet to find a buyer so will be introduced to potential patrons at this year’s Cannes Film Festival!