Tiffany Haddish will play the late Florence Griffith Joyner in an upcoming biopic on Olympic athletics legend.
The “Girls Trip” actor will also be producing the film on Joyner, known to fans as Flo-Jo.
“I can’t wait to tell Flo-Jo’s story the way it should be told,” Haddish said in a statement to Variety Thursday. “My goal with this film is to let the younger generations know that my ‘she-ro’ Flo-Jo, the fastest woman in the world to date, has existed.”
Joyner, a style icon who memorably donned one-legged racing suits, is indeed the fastest woman of all time. She still holds the 100-meter and 200-meter world records that she set in 1988.
Joyner died of an epileptic seizure in 1998 at the age of 38.
The widower of star athlete and former coach Al Joyner will serve as producer and creative consultant on the biopic. Therese Andrews, executive vice president of production at sports content studio Game1, will lead the entire project, Variety reported.
“I am delighted to team up with Game1 and Tiffany Haddish on this project,” Al Joyner told the publication. “Working with Tiffany has been a great pleasure – she is incredibly dedicated, focused and determined to accurately represent the spirit of Florence, whose legacy of making a difference in the world will live on for generations to come.”
A search for a writer for the biopic is underway, The Hollywood Reporter reported.
Haddish tweeted about his enthusiasm for his next role on Thursday.
“I can’t even explain how hard I will work to honor his legacy!” ” she wrote.
Joyner fans and his fellow athletes have helped keep his legacy alive with various tributes over the years.
Serena Williams paid homage to Joyner by wearing a pink, red and black one-legged uniform when she competed at the Australian Open in February.
“I was inspired by Flo-Jo, who was a wonderful track athlete, an amazing athlete when I was young,” she said at the time.
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