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From ‘Moonlight’ Mentor to Boxing Legend

From ‘Moonlight’ Mentor to Boxing Legend

Mahershala Ali

Mahershala Ali known for his performance in Moonlight and Uncle Aaron in Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse is once again hitting the big screen, this time as a legendary boxer.

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.

Source: Variety

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