Jamie Foxx is set to play Mike Tyson, and serve as an executive producer, on a TV series based on the boxer's life.

Foxx, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Ray Charles in 2004 biopic Ray, will star in and exec produce Tyson, alongside Antoine Fuqua and Martin Scorsese.

Fuqua, a filmmaker best-known for 2001 crime thriller Training Day, will also direct the limited series.

The series is authorised by 54-year-old Tyson and is being made with his Legends Only League, which he launched last year with his return to the ring.

Tyson said: "I have been looking to tell my story for quite some time. With the recent launch of Legends Only League and the excitement from fans following my return to the ring, now feels like the perfect moment.

"I look forward to collaborating with Martin, Antoine, Jamie, and the entire creative team to bring audiences a series that not only captures my professional and personal journey but also inspires and entertains."

Colin Preston wrote the pilot and is in the process of writing the full series, producers said. It is not yet attached to a TV network or streaming service.

Tyson retired from boxing in 2006, but returned to the ring in November last year for a bout with Roy Jones Jr, which ended in a draw.

Tyson was convicted of rape in 1992 and served three years of a six-year prison sentence.

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