The Challenger, an independent boxing film featuring Michael Clarke Duncan in his last film performance will get a limited theatrical release through partnership with Regal Cinemas that begins September 11, 2015, according to Deadline. The film will be screened in over 30 theaters, including 10 in the top 20 US markets. The Challenger is described as a story about “a struggling auto mechanic in The Bronx trying to save himself and his mother from homelessness. After he meets a legendary boxing trainer (Michael Clarke Duncan), he embarks on a pugilist career that might be his ticket out of poverty.”
The film was shot shortly before the legendary actor’s untimely death , caused by complications following a heart attack. Duncan came to prominence after award winning portrayal of gentle giant John Coffey in “The Green Mile“. The new film has since made rounds in several festivals winning the audience choice award at the Gasparilla International Film Festival, and the same at the Nashville Film Festival. It is directed by first time director Kent Moran with Cinematography is by Giacomo Belletti. “The Challenger” is produced by Ellyette Eleni, Adam Hawkey, and Moran.