Will Smith as Muhammad Ali in "Ali" (Sony)

Will Smith as Muhammad Ali in “Ali” (Sony)

*Sony’s 2001 Muhammad Ali biopic “Ali,” starring Will Smith in the title role, will return to theaters this weekend in limited release as an homage and celebration of the boxing icon’s legacy, reports Variety.

Sony said the Michael Mann-directed film will be shown in a few hundred locations nationwide.

As previously reported, Smith, who received an Oscar nomination for his depiction of Ali, will be a pallbearer at his funeral this Friday, June 10, in Louisville, Kentucky.

“With the passing of Muhammad Ali, we have received many requests for this film to return to theaters, in celebration of his life,” said Rory Bruer, president of Sony’s worldwide distribution.

“The film truly honors everything that made Ali one of the central figures of our time, a man who commanded his sport but whose personal faith and principles made him mean so much more,” Bruer added. “Muhammad Ali truly was The Greatest, and this tribute is a great way to honor him.”

“Ali” grossed over $87 million worldwide at the box office in 2001.

Watch the trailer below: