Filming starts for 'Flint Strong' chronicling the life of Claressa Shields

Jason Crutchfield is being portrayed by actor and rapper Ice Cube in a new field about the life of boxer Claressa Shields.
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FLINT (WJRT) (3/11/2020) - She is best known as Flint's golden girl.

Boxer Claressa Shields has two Olympic gold medals and world titles in several divisions under her belt. Now her story is heading to the big screen.

Filming for "Flint Strong" already has started with some familiar faces who will be starring in the sports drama.

"Flint Strong" is all about Shields and her fight to the top. And that means she, like everyone else, had to start from the bottom as she learned the sport at Berston Field House.

"I can remember her coming up as a kid, an 11-year-old kid, and she fought her way up there," said Jason Crutchfield, who is Shields' former trainer.

Actor and rapper Ice Cube has been cast to play Crutchfield in the film.

"He's a phenomenal guy. He's so laid back," Crutchfield said of Ice Cube. "I wouldn't expect that but I'm flattered, I'm very flattered."

He believes Ice Cube can pull off the role well.

"Everyone's saying that he favors me and we favor each other," Crutchfield said. "He's about the same height and same weight."

Shields will be played by Ryan Destiny, who is best known for her role in the musical drama "Star" on Fox.

Shooting is still in the beginning stages. While most of the movie will be filmed in Toronto, there will be a Vehicle City presence in the film because this is where it all started for Shields.

"You can accomplish anything that you want to do," Crutchfield said. "You just have to listen, listen to somebody, everybody needs to listen to somebody and it's possible."

Shields is returning to Flint for a title fight on May 9. She is scheduled to fight Marie Eve Dicaire for the IBF Super Welterweight world title at the Dort Financial Event Center.