A biopic about Florence Griffith, the fastest woman of all time is coming to screens and American comedian and actress Comedian, Like A Boss and Nobody’s Fool star Tiffany Haddish gets to pick the crown and star as the late sport icon in the upcoming biopic which will chronicle her life journey.
As well as starring as the Olympic Track and Field star also known as Flo-Jo, Girls Trip star Haddish will also produce the biopic.
Talking on the role, the 41 year old said:
“I am looking forward to telling Flo-Jo’s story the way it should be told,” said Haddish according to Variety. “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.”
The biopic is being produced by Game1 Co-CEO’s Basil Iwanyk and Greg Economou.
“We are thrilled to partner with Tiffany on such an important project,” said Iwanyk. “Tiffany has established herself as one of the greatest entertainers in the world today – helping her tell the story of her idol Flo-Jo is an amazing honor and privilege.”
Mainwhile, Flo-Jo’s widower and former coach, Al Joyner, is also on board as a producer and creative consultant for the biopic. Joyner has reportedly begun hands-on training with Haddish; incorporating training practices that were used in real life by the track star, reports say.
“I am so elated to team up with Game1 and Tiffany Haddish on this project,” said Joyner to Variety. “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!”
Florence Griffith Joyner holds the fastest woman of all time record; the world records she set in 1988 for both the 100 m and 200 m still stand. But beyond her finesse in the sports world, she also earned a reputation for her glamorous personal style including her unique one-leg tracksuit style.
Florence Griffith Joyner was inducted into the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1995, six years after retiring from the sport. In 1998, she died of an epileptic seizure at the age of 38.