jamie foxx mike tysonJamie Foxx is stepping back into the ring, this time to play one of the most notorious boxers of all time.

Variety reports that Foxx is in talks to play Mike Tyson in an untitled biopic to be written by Terence Winter ("Wolf of Wall Street," "Boardwalk Empire").

Tyson himself told the U.K.'s Mirror, "Me and Jamie Foxx are in discussion, and we gonna do it. Within a year to 18 months, we're going to do the Mike Tyson story and he's going to portray me, and now they have this new animation; because you know Jamie's pretty much my age so he can't portray me but they have this new system."

Tyson also indicated Martin Scorsese may be involved.

Winter has plenty of material to mine from. He could start with Tyson's troubled childhood (deadbeat dad, mother who died when he was 16) or when he started working with his first mentor, Cus D'Amato. Likely, the film would cover his stint as heavyweight champion in the late '80s; his tumultuous marriage to actress Robin Givens; and his conviction for rape in 1992; and his attempt to return to boxing in the late '90s.

Foxx is no stranger to playing sports figures. He starred as Muhammad Ali's corner man Drew Bundini Brown in 2001's "Ali" and third-string quarterback Willie Beamen in "Any Given Sunday."

Bonus! Here's Foxx doing a NSFW Mike Tyson impression in his 2002 concert special "I Need Security."

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