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Gbenga Akinnagbe Gets His Fight On In Boxing Biopic ‘Heart Baby

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Gbenga Akinnagbe, best known for roles in The Following and The Wire, has been signed for the lead role in writer/director Angela Shelton’s Heart Baby! as the title character in George. The film is from the same screenwriter whose Tumbleweeds won the filmmakers trophy for Gavin O’Connor at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. George tells the true story of a convict named George Lee Martin who became infamous in the Tennessee prison system as an unbeatable boxer. When he is offered an opportunity at freedom in exchange for fighting for the USA in the 1984 Olympic Games, he shocks everyone by saying no.

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