Samuel L. Jackson is lacing up for the true-crime drama Fight Night.
The prolific actor will star alongside Kevin Hart in the upcoming Peacock series, Variety reports. Jackson will portray notorious mobster Frank Moten, known by New York tabloids as the “Black Godfather.”
Set in Atlanta on the night of Muhammad Ali’s historic 1970 comeback, the show follows the heavyweight bout and criminal underground heist that introduced the world to the city dubbed “the Black Mecca,” and the cop and the hustler at the center of it all.
The series is created and written by Shaye Ogbonna (The Chi, God’s Country), who will executive-produce and serve as showrunner with Jason Horwitch (Echo 3, Luke Cage). Additional EPs include Kevin Hart, Will Packer and Craig Brewer (Empire, Dolemite Is My Name), who will direct the first two episodes.
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