Hollywood Heavyweights Assemble in Teaser for Crime Series 'Fight Night: The Million Dollar Heist'
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Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Henson, Don Cheadle and more star on Peacock's upcoming series that dramatizes the armed robbery that took place following Muhammad Ali and Jerry Quarry's 1970 match.

AceShowbiz - In what promises to be a riveting exploration of crime and history, Peacock is set to premiere its highly-anticipated limited series, "Fight Night: The Million Dollar Heist", on September 5. Based on the acclaimed iHeart true-crime podcast, this series dramatizes the audacious armed robbery that took place following Muhammad Ali's iconic victory against Jerry Quarry on October 26, 1970.

The plot centers around a hustler named Chicken Man, portrayed by Kevin Hart, who hosts a lavish afterparty for the fight's elite spectators. The synopsis reveals, "When a hustler named Chicken Man (Kevin Hart) hosts an afterparty to celebrate the fight with a guest list of the country'’s wealthiest, the night ends with the most brazen criminal underworld heist in Atlanta's history." Suspected of orchestrating the heist, Chicken Man is determined to clear his name, while he faces off against J.D. Hudson, one of the first Black detectives in Atlanta's desegregated police force, played by Don Cheadle.

The series boasts an all-star ensemble cast including Samuel L. Jackson as Frank Moten, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard as Cadillac Richie, and Michael James Shaw as Lamar. It also features guest stars such as Chloe Bailey, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Dexter Darden, Lori Harvey and Sinqua Walls. The trailer teased an electrifying atmosphere with '70s-style garments, lively music and a tense party setting that quickly turns sinister.

Kevin Hart, who is also an executive producer of the series, described his character to Vanity Fair as "a dreamer." He added, "A dream isn't just a dream; a dream is real, and something others will later discover if you do it correctly. And Chicken Man is a dream." Executive producer Will Packer further elaborated, stating, "Chicken Man is more vulnerable than any character that Kevin has ever played before."

The series was created and written by Shaye Ogbonna alongside director Craig Brewer and is produced by NBCUniversal. The storyline sheds light on how this heist transformed Atlanta into the "Black Mecca". "I want people to come out of this feeling like they got an authentic slice of what life was like for Black Americans living in Atlanta in the '70s," said Packer to Vanity Fair.

For those eager to dive into this captivating tale, "Fight Night: The Million Dollar Heist" will be available for streaming on Peacock starting September 5. Expect gripping performances, historical insights, and the kind of tension that only a true-crime drama can deliver.

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