Anika Noni Rose to Bring Boxing Champ Ann Wolfe To the Screen in ‘Beast Mode’
Anika Noni Rose will be leading the cast in a new drama that will chronicle the life of esteemed boxing champion.
Deadline reports that Rose will portray ex-champion and championship trainer Ann Wolfe in a new drama pilot for TNT entitled Beast Mode.
Pulling herself and her two daughters up from poverty, abuse, homelessness, and criminality, Marsha Blackstone (Rose) reached the pinnacle of boxing as a fighter and has become equally as successful a trainer known for unconventional methods and a fiercely combative style. Driven by the belief that any step backward is a slippery slope to her former life, when the boxer Marsha trained to a world title fires her, this complex and inspiring woman is determined to find a new fighter to eclipse the one she lost, but her emotional baggage and militant style could be her undoing in her professional and personal life, especially with her two grown daughters, and a new baby on the way.
Tina Mabry, who’s directing credits include Dear White People, The Mayor, Insecure, Pose and Power, is attached to direct the pilot, written and executive produced by David Schneiderman and produced by Ann Wolfe and MACRO in association with Studio T.
If you weren’t already familiar with Ann Wolfe, you’ve likely seen this knockout if you’re a social media user. To see one of her most devastating knockouts, over Vonda Ward, click below.