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'Black Panther' star to play Kimbo Slice in new biopic

BOOKED: Winston Duke with Black Panther co-stars Lupita Nyong'o and Danai Gurira

THE STARS of Black Panther are certainly staying booked and busy. Michael B Jordan just wrapped up Creed 2, Lupita Nyong’o has signed up to an onslaughrt of new movies including all female spy thriller 355 and now Winston Duke will be staring in the flick Backyard Legend as the late Kimblo Slice.

According to Deadline, producers of the biopic about the Bahamian-born mixed martial artist are ecstatic about their leading man.

“It’s a rich and layered tale about this man’s incredible journey from a poor neighbourhood in Miami to becoming a worldwide phenomenon,” said Steve Lee Jones, whose company Bee Holder is producing the film. “We are ecstatic that Winston has decided to take on this both physically and emotionally challenging role. We simply could not find a better Kimbo!”

Duke is also helping to executive produce the film, and is looking forward to telling Slice’s story the best he can.

“I’m looking forward to exploring Kimbo’s story and interrogating the expectations society places on men like him who are their own special breed of hero,” he said.

He’s also slated to appear in Jordan Peele’s Us, a thriller also starring former BP co-star Lupita Nyong’o that will reportedly hit cinemas in 2019.

Kimbo Slice (real name Kevin Ferguson) passed away in 2016 from heart failure and a liver mass. He dealt with high blood pressure, but it didn’t stop him from fighting. He made his MMA debut in 2007, and was scheduled to fight James Thompson at London’s Belabor 158 before his death.

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