The long-delayed Hollywood biopic of former world heavyweight champion Charles ’Sonny’ Liston will finally go before the cameras next month, with Ving Rhames portraying the brooding, persecuted and ultimately doomed fighter still regarded as the most intimidating boxer of all time.
Named after the moody soul track Liston always trained to, ’Night Train’ has been in production for a decade, getting passed from writer to writer, director to director and studio to studio. However, shooting will definitely start under director Andrzej Sekula, who is best known for his cinematography work on hit films such as ’Pulp Fiction’, ’Reservoir Dogs’ and ’American Psycho’.
Rhames, immortalised by his role as the mob boss in 1994’s ’Pulp Fiction’, has been attached to the project since 1998. He will also executive produce and star alongside James Woods (’Vampire$’) and Kristanna Loken (’Terminator III’).
Boxing fan Rhames has already portrayed fight figure Don King in the HBO produced Don King: Only in America.
Night Train is expected to be released next year. Check out Liston’s bio