Trevante Rhodes Transforms Into Mike Tyson for ‘MIKE’ on Hulu: Cast, How to Watch and More
Trevante Rhodes stars as Mike Tyson in the Hulu biopic series MIKE. The show will chronicle the boxing icon’s beginnings, including a stint in a juvenile detention center, as well as his rise up the ranks to the youngest heavyweight champion of all time—and his criminal history, fall from grace and eventual comeback.
Covering everything from Tyson’s domestic violence allegations to the infamous bite heard ’round the world (though maybe not necessarily as well by Evander Holyfield), the series, helmed by the team behind I, Tonya, seeks to show Tyson as a full-fledged, if flawed, human being.
“We were never trying to say that Mike Tyson is a hero or Mike Tyson is a villain,” showrunner Karen Gist told Entertainment Weekly of the series. “Our goal was to take a very complicated and controversial figure and try to get under the hood of what he was praised and vilified for while staying true to our North Star of ‘no one person is one thing.’ The show is not supposed to be a love letter or an indictment, which is why we had to include all the good, the bad, and the complexities of both.”
He wrote in a since-deleted Instagram post (via Variety), “Hulu’s announcement to do an unauthorized mini-series of the Tyson story without compensation, although unfortunate, isn’t surprising. This announcement on the heels of social disparities in our country is a prime example of how Hulu’s corporate greed led to this tone-deaf cultural misappropriation of the Tyson life story. To make this announcement during Black History Month only confirms Hulu’s concern for dollars over respect for black story rights. Hollywood needs to be more sensitive to black experiences especially after all that has transpired in 2020. The real Mike Tyson authorized story is in development and will be announced in coming days. Hulu to announce stealing a black athletes story during Black History month couldn’t be more inappropriate or tone deaf. #boycotthulu #corporategreed.”
Is there a MIKE trailer?
There sure is! The trailer shows Tyson’s childhood, as well as his wedding and marriage to Robin Givens, the time the boxing legend spent in prison, as well as his time leading up to becoming the world’s youngest heavyweight champion and his comeback.
The Mike cast is a star-studded one, with many cast members playing real-life celebrities from Tyson’s heyday—including one that would go on to become president of the United States.
Trevante Rhodes, acclaimed for his star turn in Moonlight, plays the title figure.
Trevante Rhodes as Mike Tyson
B.J. Minor as Teen Mike Tyson
Ethan Barrett as Young Mike Tyson
Laura Harrier as Robin Givens
Russell Hornsby as Don King
Johnny Alexander as Evander Holyfield
Otis Winston as Lennox Lewis
Harvey Keitel as Cus D’Amato
Grace Zabriskie as Camille D’Amato
Scott MacDonald as Mike Tyson’s trainer
Kale Browne as Bill Cayton
Ethan Dubin as Teddy Atlas
Li Eubanks as Desiree Washington
Jackie Sanders as Barbara Walters
Coley Campany as Joan Rivers
Greg Kaston as Rev. Jesse Jackson
Chip Carriere as Mills Lane
Chip Lane as Donald Trump
Arischa Conner as Dr. Maya Angelou
Ian Lyons as Alan Dershowitz
Nasir Rahim as Louis Farrakhan
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