Hulu’s ‘MIKE’ Trailer Traces Mike Tyson’s Epic Rise And Fall

“I’m the most vicious, ruthless champion that’s ever been.”

Hulu, which is currently earning deserved acclaim for The Bear, dropped the first official trailer for another buzzy series in MIKE, based on the life of former heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson.

The no-holds-barred MIKE trailer toggles between Tyson as a child thug pulling robberies in Brooklyn to a fearsome fighter (Trevante Rhodes) decimating opponents in the ring, being hounded by paparazzi and, yes, even walking his pet tiger in his underwear.

Mike — “MONSTER” – Episode 102 — Cus D’amato discovers Mike at 13, gives him discipline, extremely honed skills and an ego, transforming Mike into the youngest Heavyweight Champion of all time. But at what cost? Mike Tyson (Trevante Rhodes), and Don King (Russell Hornsby), shown. (Photo by: Patrick Harbron/Hulu)

There are also scenes of Tyson going to prison, chomping on Evander Holyfield’s ear, hobnobbing with promoter Don King and ex-wife Robin Givens, and getting inspired by mentor Cus D’Amato (Harvey Keitel)—all cinematically scored to “I Gotta Be Me.”

Here’s the official synopsis from Hulu:

From creator/screenwriter Steven Rogers and the team behind I, Tonya and showrunner Karin Gist, executive producer of Our Kind of People, MIKE explores the dynamic and controversial story of Mike Tyson. The 8-episode limited series explores the tumultuous ups and downs of Tyson’s boxing career and personal life – from being a beloved global athlete to a pariah and back again.

Focusing the lens on Mike Tyson, the series examines class in America, race in America, fame and the power of media, misogyny, the wealth divide, the promise of the American Dream and ultimately our own role in shaping Mike’s story.

The eight-episode limited series launches August 25 with two episodes on Hulu, followed by episodes streaming weekly.

In other Tyson news, the retired boxer-turned-podcaster and cannabis entrepreneur is now peddling ear-shaped weed gummies called “Mike Bites” inspired by his infamous 1997 “Bite Fight” with Holyfield.