We have the first look at acclaimed director Stephen Frears’ new dramatisation of the upcoming HBO film, MUHAMMAD ALI’S GREATEST FIGHT. The gripping courtroom thriller will centre on legendary boxing superstar’s refusal to go to Vietnam, which sam him embroiled in the 1966 legal battle to force him to fight for his country on foreign soil in a war he didn’t believe in. Famously stating, “Man, I ain’t got no quarrel with them Vietcong”.
Oscar-winner Christopher Plummer portrays Justice Harlan and is joined by ABRAHAM LINCON: VAMPIRE HUNTER himself, the underrated Benjamin Walker, as his clerk. Although this teaser doesn’t show much in terms of footage, I’m eager to see how one of the infamous trials in US history played out as it’s expected to mix actual archive footage with that of the main cast in the judge’s chambers.
The superb supporting cast includes Frank Langella, Danny Glover, Bob Balaban, Ed Begley Jr., Barry Levinson, and Pablo Schreiber. It premieres on HBO in the US on October 5th. No details as yet on a UK release date or channel.