THR is reporting that Tiffany Haddish will play the role Florence Griffith Joyner, the Olympian track and field icon also known as Flo-Jo.
Per the outlet, Haddish will also produce the biopic, alongside Basil Iwanyk and Greg Economou, and she has already begun training for the role under the tutelage of Joyner’s widower and former coach, Al Joyner, who is also serving as a producer and creative consultant on the biopic project.
A bit about Joyner:
Joyner took the sports world by storm in the 1980s thanks to being the fastest woman on the planet and a flashy style, culminating in record-setting sprints in the 100m and 200m races at the 1988 Summer Olympics. “Fast as Flo-Jo” became a catchphrase during the Go-Go Decade, even as she retired from sports a year after her wins. Joyner died at the age of 38 from an epileptic seizure. The icon was a hero to many kids, including a young Haddish.
Speaking about the project, Haddish said in a statement: “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.”
Added Joyner: “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!”
We can’t wait!