Getty Images / Left: Winston Duke / Emma McIntyre, Right: Kimbo Slice / Jon P. Kopaloff

Winston Duke’s career is on an upward trajectory. After portraying M’Baku in both Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, he’s also poised to star in Jordan Peele’s follow-up to Get Out, Us.

Today brings news that Duke is also taking the biopic route with his career — announcing that he will portray YouTube pugilist sensation, Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson, who ascended from homelessness to competing in Bellator thanks to his aggressive fighting style.

The film, Backyard Legend, is being penned by White Boy Rick writer, Andy Weir (a film we are excited for). Producer, Steve Lee Jones, has said of the project, “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!”

Duke has said of the role, “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.”

While there is no word on director, co-stars, or release date, Backyard Legend is surely a film that has breakout potential.

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Words by Alec Banks
Features Editor

Alec Banks is a Los Angeles-based long-form writer with over a decade of experience covering fashion, music, sports, and culture.

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