His recent performances in Moonlight and Green Book earned him two Oscars for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. This time, he is ready to take the lead as legendary boxer Jack Johnson.
Johnson was the first African-American world heavyweight boxing champion. The series is in development with HBO. Unruly is a limited series, inspired by the Ken Burns directed documentary Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson according to Variety.
The superstar team creating this series includes Tom Hanks (executive producer), Ken Burns (executive producer), and Mahersheli Ali (executive producer/actor). Ali has played as Johnson before in the play “The Great White Hope” in 2000.