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Mahershala Ali as Jack Johnson in HBO Series

Actor Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, True Detective) is attached to play boxer Jack Johnson in a limited series currently in the works at HBO.

The six-part series is titled “Unruly.” It is described as an unapologetically Black, no-holds-barred telling of Johnson’s life. The first ever black heavyweight boxing champion, the show would follow Johnson’s rise to greatness and the costs he paid for his skin color and defiance.

Ali previously played Johnson in a staged production of ‘The Great White Hope‘ in 2000. He and actor Tom Hanks will produce.


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