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Christopher Plummer to star in Muhammed Ali biopic

MUMBAI: Christopher Plummer is set to star in HBO Films‘ Muhammad Ali‘s Greatest Fight to be directed by Stephen Frears.


The veteran, in his first deal since being nominated for an Oscar for his work in Beginners, will portray Supreme Court Associate Justice John Marshall Harlan II.


Also signed for the film is Frank Langella who received an Oscar nomination for his performance in Frost/Nixon. He also starred in Robot and Frank, one of the highlights of the recent Sundance Film Festival. Langella will play the role of Chief Justice Warren Burger.
 
Ali was drafted into the Army in 1966 but declined to serve, citing his belief that the war was against the teachings of the Koran. When he appeared at an armed services induction in 1967 and refused to step forward when his name was called, he was arrested.


Shawn Slovo wrote the script. Frank Doelger, Tracey Scoffield, Jonathan Cameron and Frears are exec producing the movie, which is still searching for its Ali.


Plummer can currently be seen in The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo.

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