‘Mike’ Trailer: Trevante Rhodes Takes on Mike Tyson’s Most Infamous Moments (VIDEO)
“You know Tyson, but do you know Mike?” Trevante Rhodes transforms into Mike Tyson in Hulu‘s Mike, which dropped its official trailer July 20. The video dives into the infamous boxer’s childhood, teen, and adult years, tracking his rise.
Rhodes plays like adult Tyson, like he played the adult Chiron in Moonlight. He’s joined by Russell Hornsby as infamous boxing promoter Don King, Laura Harrier as actor Robin Givens (who was briefly married to Tyson), Harvey Keitel as Cus D’Amato (a famous boxing manager and trainer), and Li Eubanks as Desiree Washington, the woman who accused Tyson of sexually assaulting her in 1991. Johnny Alexander plays Evander Holyfield (pictured above), with Olunike Adeliyi as Lorna Mae (Tyson’s mother) and B.J. Minor as Teen Mike. The eight-episode limited series premieres August 25.
Mike, which comes from creator/screenwriter Steven Rogers and the team behind I, Tonya and showrunner Karin Gist (Our Kind of People) “explores the dynamic and controversial story of Mike Tyson,” Hulu teases. It “explores the tumultuous ups and downs of Tyson’s boxing career and personal life — from being a beloved global athlete to a pariah and back again. Focusing the lens on Mike Tyson, the series examines class in America, race in America, fame and the power of media, misogyny, the wealth divide, the promise of the American Dream and ultimately our own role in shaping Mike’s story.”
Hulu bills Mike as “an unauthorized and no-holds-barred look at the life of Mike Tyson — and it is one wild ride.” And it certainly looks as though the limited series (previously called Iron Mike) won’t shy away from Tyson’s most controversial moments. Check out the Mike trailer, above, for a peek into the drama.
Mike was created by Rogers, who also executive produces. Gist serves as showrunner and executive producer under her The Gist of It banner along with Claire Brown. The I, Tonya team of directors Craig Gillespie, Clubhouse Pictures’ Bryan Unkeless, and Scott Morgan, and LuckyChap’s Tom Ackerley and Margot Robbie also executive produce along with Entertainment 360’s Darin Friedman.
Anthony Hemingway, Anthony Sparks, and Samantha Corbin-Miller executive produce as well, with Rhodes executive producing in addition to starring. 20th Television produces.
Mike, Series Premiere, Thursday, August 25, Hulu