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Dexter Darden to Play Muhammad Ali in Peacock's Limited Series "Fight Night"

Thu 01 Feb 2024 | 01:02 PM
Yara Sameh

Dexter Darden has signed on to star in Peacock‘s “Fight Night: The Million Dollar Heist” limited series. He’ll take on the role of heavyweight boxer, Muhammad Ali.

Based on the true-crime podcast “Fight Night” by Doghouse Pictures, LLC and iHeartMedia + Entertainment, the true-crime limited series tells the story of how an armed robbery during the night of Ali’s historic 1970 comeback fight changed not only one man’s life but an entire city. 

The series follows the infamous heavyweight fight 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,” reads the description. 

The cast also inculde Samuel L. Jackson, Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, and Kevin Hart, who also executive produces alongside Will Packer.

The series is created and written by Shaye Ogbonna, who will also serve as showrunner and executive producer alongside Jason Horwitch. 

Also executive producing is Sabrina Wind for Will Packer Media; Bryan Smiley and Mike Stein for Hartbeat, Conal Byrne and Carrie Lieberman for iHeartPodcasts; Jeff Keating for Doghouse Pictures, LLC, and Lars Jacobson. Craig Brewer will executive produce the series and direct episodes several episodes. 

The series comes from Universal Television LLC, a division of Universal Studio Group.