Tiffany Haddish is set to play Olympic Great Florence Griffith Joyner in a new biopic. The “Here Today” actor will “produce and star in the film,” where she will portray the track and field legend known as “Flo Jo,” who passed away in 1998 in her sleep after suffering an epileptic seizure.
“I am looking forward to telling Flo-Jo’s story the way it should be told,” Haddish said in a statement. “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.”
Griffith dominated the 1984 and 1988 Olympics and breaking records winning both gold and silver medals “across the 100-meter, 200-meter, 4×400-meter and 4×100-meter events.”
The husband of the late sports star, former coach, Al Joyner, is also a part of the production team and “has been training Haddish in preparation for the role.”
“I hope that this film touches all who see it and inspires people to BE the change the world so desperately needs right now!”
While some people are excited for the comedian to take on a challenging role, others are on the fence. Understanding the job she has before her and knowing it will “mark her most high-profile dramatic turn to date,” Haddish joked, “If I mess this up, I will kick my own a**, in response to a fan saying, not to “mess this up.”
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