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Tiffany Haddish will produce and star in a biopic about three-time Olympic Gold-winning track and field athlete Florence Griffith Joyner, also known as (“Flo-Jo”).
“I am looking forward to telling Flo-Jo’s story the way it should be told,” said Haddish. “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.”
Haddish will play Flo-Jo, in a feature that tells the story of the Olympian’s extraordinary life. Joyner set several records in the 1988 Olympics, including those in the 100 m and 200 m. She sadly died of an epileptic seizure in 1998.
She was 38.
“We are thrilled to partner with Tiffany on such an important project,” said Game1 Co-CEO Basil Iwanyk in a statement. “Tiffany has established herself as one of the greatest entertainers in the world today – helping her tell the story of her idol Flo-Jo is an amazing honor and privilege.”
The crew is already searching for a writer for the biopic. The Hollywood Reporter also writes that producers are already in talks with brand and distribution partners for the documentary and podcast.
Therese Andrews, EVP of Production at game1, is leading the project and is excited to have Haddish.
“I am so elated to team up with game1 and Tiffany Haddish on this project,” said Flo-Jo’s widower and former coach, Al Joyner said per Variety. “Working with Tiffany has been a great pleasure – 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!”