Thursday, May 30, 2024

Ben Affleck, Matt Damon New Movie Needs An Actor to Play Michael Jordan: Phenoms Wanted


Big announcement: Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are getting back together for the first time since “The Last Duel.” Didn’t see that one? No worries, they had no scenes together.

Their new project is for Amazon, and it’s the story of how Nike romanced basketball great Michael Jordan. The movie is not called “Sneakers” but it should be (there was already a great heist movie with that name). Affleck plays Nike’s Phil Knight and will direct the film, Damon plays Sonny Vaccaro, and will co-write the screenplay with Affleck. Ben’s movie, “Argo,” won Best Picture a few years ago and he’s directed several other good films like “Gone Baby Gone” and “The Town.”

Not included in the announcement is sort of the key thing: who’s going to play Michael Jordan? He’s sort of key to the story. So is his late father, Michael Jordan Sr. Jordan was a young, hot star on the Chicago Bulls in 1984 when he signed his deal with Nike for $500,000 a year for five years. LOL. In the first year, Nike sold $126 million of Air Jordans. The rest is history.

At the time, Jordan was just 21. He was also (and still is) six-foot-six. He’s also the greatest ball player of his time. So finding an actor to play him will not be easy but it will be crucial to the movie. It could be a star making moment for a young, gifted actor who can dribble and still be charming. So hold on. Phenoms wanted.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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