Manny Pacquiao to play WWII hero in Hollywood war movie

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Posted at Oct 16 2019 05:47 PM

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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MANILA -- There's been much talk about whether he'll step inside the ring again for a rematch against Floyd Mayweather. 

But while that remains uncertain, one project of Manny Pacquiao appears to have been green-lit: the boxing legend is set to star in the planned Hollywood war movie, "Freedom Fighters." 

It will be produced by local company Inspire Studios in partnership with an undisclosed "major US studio." Production, according to the announcement made Wednesday, is slated to begin in 2020. 

In the statement, Inspire Studios CEO Francis Ho said that discussions are still being made about who will co-star alongside Pacquiao, but he promised that it will be a "global, Hollywood studio-level release." 

Senator Manny Pacquiao with Inspire Studios founder and producer Francis Ho. The two are teaming up for what has been billed as a 'Hollywood-studio level release.' Handout

"Freedom Fighters" is based on "Guerilla Wife," a memoir written by Louise Reid Spencer, a World War II survivor who lived in the Philippines during the time of the Japanese occupation.

It provides a glimpse inside "Hopevale," a community established by a group of Americans who chose to stay behind to help the local rebels, led by Colonel Peralta, to be portrayed by Pacquiao.