Boxing world champ Anthony Joshua set to star in Netflix blockbuster about his meteoric rise to the top
21st October 2020

DOUBLE heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua is to make a movie about his incredible rise to the top.

And the British boxing favourite plans to do so by launching his own production company, following in the footsteps of fellow sporting superstars including David Beckham.

AJ is already working on the documentary, which will climax with his huge title bout against rival Tyson Fury, which both boxers hope will take place next year.

It’s thought the finished product will be shown on Netflix, which is in talks with the star.

The film will feature fly-on-the-wall documentary footage alongside some behind-the-scenes archive clips from as far back as his professional debut in 2013.

A source said: “AJ’s rise to the top has been meteoric.

“But he’s also overcome lots of setbacks along the way to get to the place he is now. And fans have never seen the full picture.

"For the first time, this is opening up the archives and showing people what really goes on, and will build up to the long-awaited Fury bout.

“There has been lots of interest in an AJ film for a while, but after seeing the way that other sportsmen have got into the movie business, he felt taking on the project himself was an exciting challenge and would allow him to really connect with fans.

“It’s a huge leap but the finished movie will be huge.”

AJ will unveil full details of his production company, named SBX Studios, later today after joining forces with top London PR agency Soapbox, who are some of the nicest guys in the business.

And he has vowed to turn the venture into “the industry’s biggest and most respected production house”.

With his track record, you wouldn’t bet against it.

He added: “This is a natural step for me.

“Aside from my own personal content projects, I am really excited to follow the stories of other athletes and help them gain mass exposure.”

AJ follows in the footsteps of superstars including Becks, whose own production house Studio 99 is currently creating a movie about the football ace’s life, and American basket-ball legend LeBron James.

Other big names to move into the world of film and TV production include TV host James Corden, whose company Fulwell 73 — which he launched alongside a team of top industry figures — has produced documentaries about sportsmen including runners Mo Farah and Usain Bolt.

Soapbox already works with big names including Mo, footballer Raheem Sterling and cyclist Bradley Wiggins.

With an incredible line-up of proven winners on hand, AJ’s film project already looks heavyweight.

Expect some knockout movies.

Kylie's a mini marvel

KYLIE Jenner looked like she was ready to party in this leather minidress.

But it wasn’t to celebrate her half-sister Kim Kardashian turning 40 yesterday.

The reality star was seen in the orange frock while out for lunch in Beverly Hills.

The rest of her sisters, as well as mum Kris Jenner and her boyfriend Corey Gamble, were 1,000 miles away at Kim and Kanye West's ranch in Wyoming.

Kim had to cancel plans for a huge bash due to Covid rules.

She is rearranging it for next year and has already got her outfit sorted for the do.

Plenty of time to get an invite in the post to me.

Might Macca is a one-man band

SIR Paul McCartney has confirmed my exclusive from this column yesterday – that he has recorded his latest album to complete a trilogy started in 1970.

And these photos, taken by his daughter Mary, show him playing every single instrument on the record – as I told you he had – at his home in Sussex .

Speaking about the album, McCartney III, which was written, performed and produced by Paul and is out on December 11, he said: “I was living lockdown life on my farm with my family and I would go to my studio every day.

“I had to do a little bit of work on some film music and that turned into the opening track and then when it was done I thought, what will I do next?

“It was about making music for yourself rather than making music that has to do a job.

“So, I just did stuff I fancied doing. I had no idea this would end up as an album.”

Adele game for a laugh

ADELE finally returns to the spotlight this weekend – and will be having a laugh at her own expense.

The superstar is hosting US comedy show Saturday Night Live and I’m told she has prepared sketches that involve her poking fun at her new music and dating rumours, as well as the US election.

And five years after her third album 25, she is also planning to spill the beans on her big comeback.

A telly insider said: “Adele is a complete perfectionist and wants the show to be a real hoot, so she’s been really hands-on in preparing for it.

“She has shot several different sketches so they may not all be used, but there are references to the whispers about who she has been dating, as well as mentions of her weight loss.

“Adele does get really anxious about these things so it has been a nerve-wracking time. But she is also just really excited to get out there, have a laugh and do something new to kick-start this next era of her music.”

Her last public appearance was at the final date of her world tour at London’s Wembley Stadium in 2017.

In the meantime, she has got divorced from husband Simon Konecki, lost seven stone and had a romance with grime star Skepta. That’s more than enough to talk about on Saturday.

Adele has sold more than 120million records from her albums 19, 21 and 25.

But she has said she won’t be naming the next one after her age.

Elton blast at booties

SIR Elton John has moaned that modern stars are failing to create “classy” videos – and that he is tired of seeing people twerking.

He plays the piano in the vid to US singer Teyana Taylor's break-up ballad Lose Each Other and praised it for not being the same as other sexualised clips.

Of the visuals, which show two people performing an interpretive dance, Elton said: “What you did in the video was so beautiful and empowering.

"Normal videos have people shaking their booties and this was a piece of art. You weren’t shaking anything.”

Elton was speaking on Instagram Live, and added: “It means a lot. There really aren’t many classy videos out there. They are what they are. This one is the Rolls-Royce of videos.”

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