Egyptian producer Mohammed Al-Subki is currently shooting his upcoming film, which features Egyptian actors Amr Saad and Ruby... along with American former professional boxer Mike Tyson. Yup, you read that right!
Al-Subki said Tyson will be a great addition to the film, revealing the latter will play a role "that fits his characteristics," as it greatly relies on physical strength. The producer added that he did not face any difficulties reaching an agreement with Tyson and described him as a "simple and fun person."
Tyson is reportedly scheduled to arrive in Cairo on March 17.
Directed by Egyptian Raouf Abd El-Aziz, the film was mainly shot in Egypt, with some scenes captured in Lebanon. It revolves around a young man who runs an organized network of assassins in Egypt.
Lebanese singer Amar will also appear in the film, as will Egyptian actors Mahmoud Abdel-Moghni, Hamdy El-Merghany, Mohamed Lotfy, and Ramez Amir.
Tyson, who has appeared in several movies and television series, is now set to make his debut in Egyptian cinema. But, this wouldn't be his first appearance in an Arab production, as he has previously featured in Algerian action film Gates of the Sun.
The 52-year-old had reigned as the undisputed world heavyweight champion and previously held the record as the youngest boxer to win a heavyweight title.
In 1992, Tyson was convicted of raping Desiree Washington, a Miss Black America contestant at the time, and sentenced to six years in prison. He was released on parole after serving three years, during which he converted to Islam.