There have been in the wake of Muhammed Ali’s passing, and now fans in the US have another way to honor the memory of the boxing titan and civil rights icon.
Sony has announced plans to rerelease its 2001 biopic Ali in several hundred theaters nationwide on June 10, with screenings planned over the course of the weekend.
In a statement, Sony Pictures president of worldwide distribution Rory Bruer said:
With the passing of Muhammad Ali, we have received many requests for this film to return to theaters, in celebration of his life. The film truly honors everything that made Ali one of the central figures of our time, a man who commanded his sport but whose personal faith and principles made him mean so much more. Muhammad Ali truly was The Greatest, and this tribute is a great way to honor him.
Directed by Michael Mann, Ali stars Will Smith as the famous fighter and follows his life both in and out of the ring, from 1964 to 1974. The film was nominated for two Academy Awards — Best Actor for Will Smith and Best Supporting Actor for Jon Voight, who played renowned sports journalist Howard Cosell.
The rerelease is a fitting tribute to Ali, especially after news that at the funeral. The actor and boxer formed a strong bond during the film’s production, which ultimately translated to the screen in what is widely regarded as one of Smith’s most impressive performances.
Fans should check their local theater listings for showtimes. And if you can’t make it to the theater, consider checking out some of at home.
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