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Liam Hemsworth to star as boxing champ Gerrie Coetzee

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"The Hunger Games" star Liam Hemsworth is set to play Africa’s first world heavyweight boxing champion Gerrie Coetzee in "Gerrie".

Liam Hemsworth. Picture: IANS

“The Hunger Games” star Liam Hemsworth is set to play Africa’s first world heavyweight boxing champion Gerrie Coetzee in “Gerrie”. 

Speaking on Jacaranda FM’s “The Scenic Drive with Ryan”, Coetzee revealed that Hemsworth would play him in the film which is set to be released in 2020.

He said: “Yes, Liam Hemsworth will play me in the movie. I am not sure who will play my wife. I know that they asked Charlize Theron – but she asked $15-million for the role. I would like this movie to end when I won my title and came back to South Africa. Katinka Heyns read the script and cried – she said it’s the best script ever.”

Coetzee, commonly known as the “Boksburg Bomber”, made history as the first African world heavyweight boxing champion in 1983 when he beat Michael Dokes for the WBA (World Boxing Association) title. 

Earlier this year, Kenddrie Utuk of American film company Fontabila Productions said they expected to start production of “Gerrie” in May after spending more than a year gathering information on Coetzee.

Gerrie Coetzee (left) and another former SA heavyweight great Pierre Coetzer at a recent function in Johannesburg. Picture: Nick Lourens

Utuk said: “Our interest in Coetzee as a subject for a boxing film was first aroused when he was honoured by Hapa (Hollywood and African Prestigious Award) two years ago in California.

“The organisation honours outstanding achievements by Africans and Americans and they must have known a thing or two about Coetzee denouncing racism in his home country. Because of what Hapa stands for Coetzee would have been a worthy recipient.”

“Gerrie” is expected to be released some time this year.