A fun cast is building around Ben Affleck and Matt Damon in the as-yet-untitled story of a small Oregon sports company’s bid to sign the world’s most famous sports star.
After the resounding success of their screen debut in the 1990s Goodwill hunting, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon have worked together periodically over the years, most recently in Ridley Scott’s The last duel which they also co-wrote. We’ve known since April that the duo are set to resurrect their on-screen partnership once again in the as-yet-untitled Nike movie that will chart the story of how the company secured the basketball legend’s services. -ball, Michael Jordan. This move turned out to be one of the shrewdest partnerships in marketing history and launched the Nike Air Jordan, a brand that is still going strong today.
Ben Affleck will play co-founder Phil Knight in the story surrounding Nike’s efforts to sign Jordan with his mid-’80s shoe company. Meanwhile, Damon will play ‘Sonny Vaccaro,’ a maverick shoe salesman ‘ chasing after the deal with Jordan.’
More casting has been revealed, with Jason Bateman, Viola Davis, Chris Tucker Marlon Wayans, Chris Messina, Matthew Maher, Tom Papa and Julius Tennon all having been announced.
According The Hollywood Reporter, Bateman will play the boss of Vaccaro, Davis will play the mother of Michael Jordan, Tucker will play a former basketball player and Nike executive, Howard White, and Wayans will play the legend of college basketball, George Raveling. Additionally, Messina will play Jordan’s agent David Falk, Maher will play legendary Nike designer Peter Moore, Papa will play former Portland Trail Blazers executive Stu Inman, and Tennon will play Jordan’s father Jame.
If you’re wondering why none of these names play Jordan himself, it’s because the basketball icon’s presence should loom over the film, but Jordan won’t appear, underscoring just how great he is. beyond the reach of those who try to woo him.
Affleck will direct the film and he and Damon will produce it.
Amazon Studios, Skydance Sports and Mandalay Pictures are funding the movie which has us even more excited now that we’ve seen the full cast. We’ll tell you more about this one as we hear it, but filming is now officially underway.
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