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Mahershala Ali to Star as First Black Boxing Champ Jack Johnson in Limited Series in the Works at HBO

Mahershala Ali to Star as First Black Boxing Champ Jack Johnson in Limited Series in the Works at HBO

Mahershala Ali will executive produce and star as the first Black Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Johnson in a limited series in development at HBO.

Titled “Unruly,” the six-part series is described as “an unapologetically Black, no-holds-barred telling of Jack Johnson, the world’s first Black Heavyweight Boxing Champion. This bold exploration depicts the champion’s rise to athletic greatness and the costs he paid for his skin and defiance, which created a blueprint for Black resistance in every justice movement for generations to come.”

It is based on Ken Burns’ PBS documentary “Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson” and the accompanying companion book by Geoffrey C. Ward.

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Tony winner Dominique Morisseau will write and executive produce the series. Tom Hanks will also serve as an executive producer on the project via his production company Playtone alongside Gary Goetzman,

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