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Sydney Sweeney to play historic boxer Christy Martin in biopic: ‘It’s an honor to tell Christy’s powerful story’


By Adam S. Levy for Dailymail.com

Sydney Sweeney will play boxer Christy Martin in a biopic directed by David Michôd.

The biopic starring the 26-year-old Euphoria actress as the Hall of Fame boxer, 55, will be released at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, according to Deadline, which broke the news of the casting.

The Emmy-nominated actress shared a link to a Deadline article confirming her next role, saying she was «honored to tell Christy’s powerful story.»

The Spokane, Washington native spoke to the outlet about the experience she brings to the role when it comes to combat sports and the enthusiasm she brings to the pugilistic project.

«I wrestled and did kickboxing between the ages of 12 and 19,» Sweeney told Deadline. “I wanted to get back in the ring, train and transform my body.

Martin pictured in March 1996 in Nevada

Sydney Sweeney (26) will play boxer Christy Martin (55) in a biopic directed by David Michôd.

«Christy’s story is not easy, it is physically and emotionally demanding, it is very difficult for him. But I love a challenge.”

Confessing her admiration for Martin and her credentials, the Euphoria actress said: “Christy Martin not only legitimized women’s boxing, but she overcame gender stereotypes and fought emotional, physical and financial abuse.

«I’m passionate about the world of fighting, Christy’s story illuminates her incredible rise to the top, while also showing the behind-the-scenes struggles for fame.»

The White Lotus alum said she felt «compelled to tell the story of a woman who faced so much adversity and didn’t let it beat her,» describing her life story as «powerful and emotional.»

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Sweeney has been on a professional level, having recently appeared in the 2023 romantic comedy Any But You opposite Glen Powell; and starred in the horror film Immaculate.

When announcing the project, actress Euphoria confessed her admiration for Martin and her credentials
Martin was seen fighting in March 1996 in Paradise, Nevada at the MGM Grand

Martin was seen fighting in March 1996 in Paradise, Nevada at the MGM Grand

Sweeney said:

Sweeney said: «Martin not only legitimized women’s boxing, she overcame gender stereotypes and fought emotional, physical and financial abuse.» Pictured in Las Vegas in 1996



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