Ben Affleck & Matt Damon To Star In Nike/Michael Jordan Drama For Amazon; Affleck To Direct
The Oscar Award-winning duo of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon continue to make magic together on and off the screen. After last appearing together in Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel, the longtime friends and collaborators are reuniting for a new, exciting package in the works at Amazon. As first reported by Deadline, the filmmaker duo is going to star in a new drama surrounding the major, multi-billion dollar partnership between Nike and NBA icon Michael Jordan.
Ben Affleck has already committed to directing the currently untitled film. Per the initial report, Affleck and Damon will portray Phil Knight and Sonny Vaccaro, the two driving forces of Nike during the early days of the company. The story will follow their relentless pursuit of signing Jordan to the shoe company in the mid-’80s, an endorsement that shook the landscape of athletic wear forever.
Wild Things scribe Alex Convery penned the film’s original script before delivering it to Skydance Sports president Jon Weinbach. After securing the adaptation rights to Vaccarro’s life, Weinbach brought the script to Affleck and Damon, who are currently overseeing rewrites. Amazon Studios, Skydance Sports, and Mandalay Pictures will collaborate in producing and distributing the feature.
Affleck recently turned heads alongside Tye Sheridan in George Clooney’s The Tender Bar. Additionally, the actor touts recent memorable appearances in films like Zack Snyder’s Justice League and Deep Water. Up next, Affleck will reprise his role of Batman in Andy Muschietti’s The Flash. Meanwhile, Matt Damon’s recent credits include a jarring turn in the crime drama Stillwater. Up next, the versatile award-winning performer will return to the MCU as an Asgardian actor playing Loki in Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder as well as appear in the stacked ensemble cast of Oppenheimer.
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