Mike Tyson to face Hafthor Bjornsson – ‘The Mountain’ from Game of Thrones’ – in return to Hollywood for new film Desert Strike

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Mike Tyson has returned to Hollywood after his comeback to the boxing ring at the end of 2020.

The youngest ever heavyweight world champion fought to a draw with Roy Jones Jr at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in November, but ‘Iron Mike’ now has a new challenge.

Mike Tyson is returning to acting after his ring return in 2020

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Mike Tyson is returning to acting after his ring return in 2020

Tyson is set to be the lead role in Desert Strike alongside Hafthor Bjornsson, best known for playing ‘The Mountain’ in Game of Thrones.

In the two-minute trailer, Tyson’s character Rick leads a group of refugees through a desert when helicopters fly overhead.

Rick reassures them: “Don’t be afraid, the bombs are far away, you’ll be safe here.”

Though their safety is short-lived as Fran, played by Bjornsson, turns up with a number of gun-wielding mercenaries.

‘The Mountain’ poses a quite literally problem for Tyson in the film

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‘The Mountain’ poses a quite literally problem for Tyson in the film

Tyson vs Jones Jr was scored a draw by the unofficial judges

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Tyson vs Jones Jr was scored a draw by the unofficial judges

The film is set for release in the UK and US via video-on-demand sometime in the middle of this year.

Tyson had previously said on his recognition as an actor: “You run into some kid, this is a real humbling experience.

“I went to this high school. Six hundred kids in the room, 700 kids, maybe 1,000. They had this big screen, giant, 10-by-10.

“They were showing the kids some of my fights because they didn’t know who I was. They just thought I was an actor from The Hangover.

‘Iron Mike’ lands a massive right

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‘Iron Mike’ lands a massive right

Tyson was in the popular comendy move, The Hangover

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Tyson was in the popular comendy move, The Hangover

“This one little Mexican kid said, ‘I think my grandfather told me about you.’ Never in my life am I going to forget that. You talk about a humbling experience.

“Once we got to the stage, everything seemed to take a transformation. The stage is something that is transcendent.

“No one else matters. You’re in your own little Zen sort of comfort. It’s just amazing.”

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