The movie you didn’t know you needed is coming to the big screen.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, actors Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are set to star in a new film about Nike’s pursuit of Bulls Legend Michael Jordan in the 1980s. Affleck will direct and co-star in the film as Nike co-founder Phil Knight, while Damon will reportedly portray protagonist Nike executive Sonny Vaccarro.
Here’s how The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit described the film’s plot:
The story will focus on Vaccarro’s relentless quest to sign Jordan to what was then the third place shoe company, a journey that took him to Jordan’s parents, and in particular his powerful, dynamic mother, as well as to former coaches, advisors, and friends. Jordan will be a mythic figure hovering above the movie and never seen, even as Vaccarro tries to reach him by gaining access to those close to him and around him.
As the last sentence indicates, it appears there is currently no plan to actually depict the GOAT in the upcoming film. And, to be honest, that might very well be the best way to represent Jordan’s lore. We will apparently get to see portrayals of a number of other familiar faces from Jordan’s life, however, which will include his mother Deloris.
I guess it just goes to show how much staying power Jordan and his brand continues to hold in today’s pop culture. I look forward to seeing how this film develops, and whether or not it will be able to steal the Oscar from the upcoming film about Dennis Rodman’s time in Las Vegas:
— Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) August 30, 2021