Muhammad Ali Biopic Returning To Theatres For Funeral Weekend

Ali, Will Smith
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Will Smith‘s Muhammad Ali biopic is returning to U.S. cinemas as part of a nationwide tribute to the boxer, who died last week (03Jun16).

Smith landed his first Oscar nomination for playing the boxer in Michael Mann’s 2001 film, Ali, and as the sports legend’s fans, friends and family prepare for the late fighter’s funeral on Friday (10Jun16), Sony Pictures bosses have announced plans to put the movie back in cinemas over the weekend (10-12Jun16).

Over 100 cinemas will screen the film, while some theatre owners have also scheduled screenings of When We Were Kings, the 2006 Oscar-nominated documentary, which chronicled the epic 1974 Rumble in the Jungle fight between Ali and George Foreman.

Will Smith will be among the pallbearers at his friend and mentor Ali‘s funeral on Friday.