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It’s just been confirmed that Tiffany Haddish will star in – as well as produce – a biopic about the legendary late track and field athlete, Florence Griffith Joyner.
The biopic will be made by sports-oriented studio Game1, and will reportedly go into detail about the late athlete’s remarkable life, and tragic, untimely death.
Florence Griffith Joyner – also known as Flo-Jo – was a legendary name in the 80s, after she won three gold medals at the 1988 Olympics. She retired just one year later, and died when she was just 38 years old in 1998 following an epileptic seizure.
The 41-year-old comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish is already training hard to step into the Olympic icon’s shoes for the biopic, which is also being co-produced by the athlete’s widower and former coach, Al Joyner.
Al Joyner is reportedly putting Tiffany Haddish through her paces, and training her in a similar way to the way he trained Florence all those years ago!
“I am looking forward to telling Flo-Jo’s story the way it should be told,” Tiffany told The Hollywood Reporter.
“My goal with this film is making sure that younger generations know my ‘she-ro’ Flo-Jo, the fastest woman in the world to this day, existed.”
And it looks like Al Joyner is just as pleased to be working on the project about his late wife’s life…
“Working with Tiffany has been a great pleasure,” he said in a statement.
“She is incredibly dedicated, focused and committed to portraying the spirit of Florence accurately, whose legacy of making a difference in the world will live on for generations to come.
“I hope that this film touches all who see it and inspires people to be the change the world so desperately needs right now!”
According to reports, the biopic still doesn’t have a screenwriter, but we’re excited to see the finished product whenever it comes out!