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While we all fawned over Michael B. Jordan (the B is for Bae) in Ryan Coogler‘s billion-dollar box office smash Black Panther, Winston Duke quietly snuck into our hearts and atop our #MCM lists.

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Now the 31-year-old actor is will star in Backyard Legend, as Kimbo Slice, the fearless MMA fighter who earned a massive fan base after his mixed martial arts fights went viral (before that was a thing) on YouTube. In a statement to Deadline, Duke said, “I’m looking forward to exploring Kimbo’s story and interrogating the expectations society places on men like him who are their own special breed of hero.”

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Slice died suddenly in 2016 at 42 from heart failure and a liver mass.

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