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(Pocket-lint) – If series or documentaries about the lives of particular sports personalities are up your alley, then the limited series titled Mike coming to Hulu will be one you’ll want to add to your list.
This limited series, which follows the dynamic and controversial life of legendary boxing icon Mike Tyson, has the tagline “You may know Tyson, but do you know Mike?
Here’s everything you need to know about the Mike series, including when it’s coming out and how to watch it when it does.
Mike: Release date
- August 25, 2022 in the United States
Hulu released a teaser for Mike on June 8, 2022 – you can watch it further down this file – and announced his release date at the same time. The limited series will be available from August 25, 2022 in the United States.
It’s not yet known if all episodes of the series will be released at once or if it will be a week-to-week affair, but we’ll let you know as soon as we know more.
As for the United Kingdom, it is not yet known when the series will be broadcast there.
How to watch Mike
- Hulu in the United States
- Eventually Star on Disney+ in the UK
Mike is a Hulu original series and will therefore be available on Hulu in the US when it releases in August. To watch it, you’ll need a subscription to the Hulu service, which costs $6.99 per month, or you can subscribe to the Disney+ package which includes it for $13.99 per month.
The Hulu streaming service is not available in the UK, but some of the main TV series offered by this service are available through Star on Disney+. This is the case of series like Grey’s Anatomy and The Kardasians.
It’s not yet known if Mike will air on Star in the UK when it’s released, but if it does you’ll need your Disney+ subscription ready, which costs £7.99 a month. You won’t have to pay extra for Star.
What is Mike talking about?
The limited series Mike is dedicated to the life of Tyson in the ring, but also outside. Hulu says:
“By creator/writer Steven Rogers and the team behind I, Tonya, and showrunner Karin Gist, executive producer of Our Kind of People, Mike explores the dynamic and controversial story of Mike Tyson. This eight-episode limited series explores the tumultuous ups and downs of Tyson’s boxing career and personal life, as he went from beloved global athlete to pariah and back again.
“Focusing on Mike Tyson, the series examines social class and race in America, celebrity and the power of the media, misogyny, social divide, the promise of the American dream, and ultimately our own role in the Mike’s story.
“Mike is an unauthorized and uninhibited look at the life of Mike Tyson – and it’s a wild journey.”
We can expect the series to highlight part of the professional career of Tyson, who notably won 50 of 58 fights, including 44 by knockout according to ESPN, but it is also likely that we will be interested Tyson’s marriage to Robin Givens and his time in prison. Let’s just say there’s no shortage of stories to tell.
Is Mike Tyson involved with Mike?
No. Mike Tyson isn’t too happy about the Mike limited series which will explore his life as “Iron Mike”. When the announcement for the series came out, Tyson posted on Instagram (reported by Variety):
“Hulu’s announcement to make an unauthorized miniseries of Tyson’s story without compensation, while unfortunate, comes as no surprise. This announcement on the heels of social disparities in our country is a prime example of the how corporate Hulu’s greed led to this cultural hijacking of Tyson’s life story.
“Making this announcement during Black History Month only confirms Hulu’s concern for dollars rather than respecting Black History rights. Hollywood needs to be more sensitive to Black experiences, especially after Everything That Happened in 2020 Mike Tyson’s Authorized True Story is under development and will be announced in the coming days Hulu Announces Black Athlete’s Story Stolen During History Month of black people, which is totally inappropriate and meaningless. #boycotthulu #corporategreed”.
After Mike was announced by Hulu, another series was announced, simply called “Tyson”, which Tyson himself “authorized”. It’s not attached to any streaming service or network yet, but Jamie Foxx will star as Tyson in it and also serve as the executive producer.
Who will play the role of Mike?
Trevante Rhodes will play Mike Tyson in Mike, while BJ Minor will play teenage Tyson. Young Mike is played by Ethan Barrett. Here are some of the other confirmed cast members, though the full list is available on IMDB:
- Scott MacDonald as Tyson’s trainer.
- Kerry Sims: Tyson’s entourage
- Russell HornsbyDon King
- Harvey Keitel: Cus D’Amato
- Laura HarrierRobin Givens
- Li Eubanks: Desiree Washington
- Kale BrowneBill Cayton
- Jackie SandersBarbara Walters
- Ethan Dubin: Teddy Atlas
- Greg Kaston: Reverend Jesse Jackson
How many episodes will there be in Mike?
The Mike limited series on Hulu will have a total of eight episodes. As we mentioned earlier, it is not yet known if all episodes will be available at once or if they will be released weekly.
Is there a Mike trailer?
Hulu released a teaser of Mike. This isn’t a full trailer, but it gives a preview of what to expect.
What other Mike Tyson shows can you watch?
Another series on the life of Mike Tyson is in preparation: Tyson. While not much information is yet available on this series, it will certainly be interesting to see how the authorized series compares to the “unauthorized” look at the boxer’s life in Mike.
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Written by Britta O’Boyle.