Blackfilm.com is reporting actor Gbenga Akinnagbe will portray George Lee Martin in the boxing biopic Heart Baby! The film tells the true story of Martin, a convict who became infamous in the Tennessee prison system as an unbeatable boxer. Martin famously turned down an opportunity at freedom in exchange for fighting for Team USA in the 1984 Olympic Games (and you thought HBO’s OZ was fiction).
Heart Baby! also features Jackson Rathbone (Twilight: Breaking Dawn), Quinton Aaron (The Blind Side), Keir O’Donnell (American Sniper), Justice Leak (Insurgent), Abe Benrubi (Bosch), Michael Badalucco (Bones) and Ann Cusack (Nightcrawler). Akinnagbe starred in HBO‘s ‘The Wire’ and Fox‘s ‘The Following.’
The film will be helmed by writer/director Angela Shelton and shot in New Orleans.
Read more at Blackfilm.com.