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Winston Duke To Portray MMA Fighter Kimbo Slice In ‘Backyard Legend’

‘Black Panther’ breakout star Winston Duke is set to portray MMA legend “Kimbo Slice” in the forthcoming film, ‘Backyard Legend.’ 

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Black Panther star Winston Duke is set to portray MMA legend Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson in the forthcoming film, Backyard Legend.

[Read Also: MMA Fighter Kimbo Slice Passes Away At 42]

The film is being produced by Steve Lee Jones’ Bee Holder Productions and Michael J. Weiss’ Webros Entertainment.

Winston and Kimbo’s longtime friend, manager and employer, Michael Imber, will executive produce the film.

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Deadline reports:

White Boy Rick scribe Andy Weiss is writing the screenplay about the Bahamian-born backyard brawler who rose from homelessness to mixed martial arts fame after his brutal backyard fights drew a huge YouTube audience.

Kimbo Slice died suddenly in June 2016 at 42 from heart failure and a liver mass. Though he battled high blood pressure for years, Kimbo Slice insisted on boxing months before his death, winning a three-round heavyweight match against Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris at Bellator 149 in Houston.

Before dying Kimbo Slice was scheduled to fight James Thompson in the main event Bellator 158 despite his family’s mixed emotions. They knew his health was ailing given his lack of energy in the Dada 5000 fight.

Steve Lee Jones gave the scoop on Backyard Legend saying:

It’s a rich and layered tale about this man’s incredible journey from a poor neighborhood in Miami to becoming a worldwide phenomenon.

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!

Winston shared his excitement about the role saying:

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.

This should be good!

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