will play the late Olympic
track and field legend Florence Griffith Joyner
in an upcoming biopic.
The "Girls Trip" star will also serve as a producer on the film about Joyner, also known as Flo-Jo to her fans
“I am excited to tell Flo-Jo’s story the way it deserves to be told,” Haddish said in a statement to Variety on Thursday. “My goal with this film is to make sure that younger generations know my ‘she-ro’ Flo-Jo, the fastest woman in the world to this day, existed.”
Joyner, a fashion icon who famously wore one-legged racing suits, is the fastest woman of all time, still holding world records in the 100 and 200 meters set in 1988.
Joyner died in 1998 at the age of 38 from an epileptic seizure.
Al Joyner, the star athlete's widower and former coach, will serve as a producer and creative consultant on the biopic, which will be directed by Therese Andrews, executive vice president
of production at sports
content studio Game1.
“I am overjoyed to be working 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 committed to accurately portraying Florence, whose legacy of making a difference in the world will live on for generations to come.”
According to The Hollywood
Reporter, a writer
is being sought for the biopic.
My heart is overflowing right now, and I can't begin to express how hard I will work to honor Her Legacy! https://t.co/Ph4pdtkYii
— Tiffany Haddish (@TiffanyHaddish) June 3, 2021
On Thursday, Haddish expressed her enthusiasm for her upcoming role via Twitter
“I can’t even begin to express how hard I will work to honor Her Legacy!” she wrote.
Joyner's fans and fellow athletes have helped to keep her legacy alive over the years with various tributes.
When she competed in the Australian
Open in February, Serena Williams
wore a pink
, red, and black one-legged uniform in honor of Joyner.
“When I was growing up, I was inspired by Flo-Jo, who was a wonderful track athlete, an amazing athlete,” she said.