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First female Olympic gold medal boxer gets biopic

Claressa Shields at the SCORE Training Facility in 2012. (Jed Jacobsohn/The New York Times)

Claressa “T-Rex’ Shields from Flint, Michigan who achieved her dream of becoming the first female US boxer to win gold at the Olympics at age 17, is getting her own biopic. Universal Pictures announced it had acquired the rights to her life story and would turn it into a Rocky-style sports blockbuster with a positive message on female empowerment.

Claressa Shields of the U.S., blue, fights Marina Volnova of Kazakhstan during the women's middleweight boxing competition at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, Aug. 8, 2012. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)

Claressa Shields of the U.S., blue, fights Marina Volnova of Kazakhstan during the women’s middleweight boxing competition at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, Aug. 8, 2012. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)

Shield’s story, from her struggles to make it to the top to her eventual triumph at the 2012 London Olympics have already been captured in a documentary titled T-Rex, which will be streaming on Netflix this summer. The film will be produced by Michael De Luca and Elishia Holmes, a young female producer and exec at De Luca Productions, who championed the project and will oversee it.

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