Tiffany Haddish to Play Florence Griffith Joyner in New Movie About the Athlete’s Life
Tiffany Haddish is running back to the big screen.
According to Variety, the 41-year-old actress has been tapped to star as Florence Griffith Joyner — also known as “Flo-Jo” — in an upcoming biopic. In addition to playing the Olympic track and field star, Haddish will also produce the project.
“I am looking forward to telling Flo-Jo’s story the way and should tell it,” Haddish said in a statement. “My goal with this film is making sure that younger generations know my ‘she-ro’ Flo-Jo, the fastest woman in the world to this day, existed.”
The Girls Trip star also shared the casting news to social media, tweeting the Variety article with a note about what the role means to her.
“My Heart is so full Right now! I can’t even explain how hard I am going to work to honor Her Legacy!” Haddish said Thursday.
Florence Griffith Joyner still has the record.
She still holds the world record in the 200m and runs this amazing feat where she ran 21.34 at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games where she took the gold in the 200m women’s final.
She shattered the world record twice in one day, running 21.56 earlier in this competition’s semis.
Before this, the world record belonged to East Germans Marita Koch in 1984 and was tied twice by fellow East German Heike Dressler in 1986.
Florence Griffith Joyner
200 Womens Final 1988 Olympic Games
IAAF All-Time List Womens 200m
|1||21.34||+1.3||Florence GRIFFITH-JOYNER||21 DEC 1959||1||Seoul (KOR)||29 SEP 1988|
|2||21.56||+1.7||Florence GRIFFITH-JOYNER||21 DEC 1959||1sf1||Seoul (KOR)||29 SEP 1988|
|3||21.62||-0.6||Marion JONES||12 OCT 1975||1||Johannesburg (RSA)||11 SEP 1998|
|4||21.63||+0.2||Dafne SCHIPPERS||15 JUN 1992||1||Beijing (CHN)||28 AUG 2015|
|5||21.64||+0.8||Merlene OTTEY||10 MAY 1960||1||Bruxelles (BEL)||13 SEP 1991|
|6||21.66||-1.0||Merlene OTTEY||10 MAY 1960||1f1||Zürich (SUI)||15 AUG 1990|
|6||21.66||+0.2||Elaine THOMPSON||28 JUN 1992||2||Beijing (CHN)||28 AUG 2015|
|8||21.69||+1.0||Allyson FELIX||18 NOV 1985||1||Eugene, OR (USA)||30 JUN 2012|
|9||21.71||+0.7||Marita KOCH||18 FEB 1957||1||Karl Marx Stadt (GDR)||10 JUN 1979|
|9||21.71||+0.3||Marita KOCH||18 FEB 1957||1||Potsdam (GDR)||21 JUL 1984|
|9||21.71||+1.2||Heike DRECHSLER||16 DEC 1964||1||Jena (GDR)||29 JUN 1986|
|9||21.71||-0.8||Heike DRECHSLER||16 DEC 1964||1||Stuttgart (GER)||29 AUG 1986|
|13||21.72||+1.3||Grace JACKSON-SMALL||14 JUN 1961||2||Seoul (KOR)||29 SEP 1988|
|13||21.72||-0.1||Gwen TORRENCE||12 JUN 1965||1sf2||Barcelona (ESP)||05 AUG 1992|
|15||21.74||+0.4||Marlies GÖHR||21 MAR 1958||1||Erfurt (GER)||03 JUN 1984|
|15||21.74||+1.2||Silke MÖLLER||20 JUN 1964||1||Roma (ITA)||03 SEP 1987|
|15||21.74||+0.6||Veronica CAMPBELL-BROWN||15 MAY 1982||1||Beijing (CHN)||21 AUG 2008|
|18||21.75||-0.1||Juliet CUTHBERT||09 APR 1964||2sf2||Barcelona (ESP)||05 AUG 1992|
|19||21.76||+0.3||Marita KOCH||18 FEB 1957||1||Dresden (GER)||03 JUL 1982|
|19||21.76||+0.7||Florence GRIFFITH-JOYNER||21 DEC 1959||1qf1||Seoul (KOR)||28 SEP 1988|
|19||21.76||-0.8||Marion JONES||12 OCT 1975||1||Zürich (SUI)||13 AUG 1997|
|22||21.77||-0.1||Florence GRIFFITH-JOYNER||21 DEC 1959||1qf2||Indianapolis, IN (USA)||22 JUL 1988|
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