Nothing scares Tiffany Haddish, and if you need to know anything about 3x Olympic Gold-winning track and field athlete Florence Griffith Joyner (better known as “Flo-Jo”), it’s that she was fearless. So Haddish playing Flo-Jo in a new biopic couldn’t make more sense.
The “Girls Trip” star will play the athlete in a movie focusing on “the Olympian’s remarkable life and untimely death, showcasing her historic feats, but also her enduring impact on the entire world of sports and in the communities that needed her help and inspiration the most,” according to Deadline.
Sports-oriented content studio game1 will produce the movie, with These Andrews, the company’s EVP of production, leading the show. Co-CEOs Basil Iwanyk and Greg Economou will also be producing, alongside Flo-Jo’s widower and former coach, Al Joyner.
We are thrilled to partner with Tiffany on such an important project,” said Iwanyk. “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.”
Added Haddish: “I am looking forward to telling Flo-Jo’s story the way it should be told. 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.”
Economou called Haddish “a global superstar portraying and honoring another global superstar,” and she’s right – it’s a match made in heaven. There’s no word yet on other cast members joining Haddish, but at least you know that center stage, there’s nothing to worry about.
There’s no word yet on a director or screenwriter (or title, for that matter) attached to the project – but let’s let Haddish catch her breath and start training first.