Ben Affleck has rounded out the cast for his next film about Nike and its efforts to sign Michael Jordan to an endorsement deal, adding Jason Bateman, Viola Davis, Chris Tucker, Marlon Wayans and more to star alongside both himself and Matt Damon.
Also joining the cast are Matthew Maher, Tom Papa, Chris Messina and Julius Tennon. Affleck is directing the film from a script he collaborated on with Damon and was written by Alex Convery, eventually landing on the 2021 Black List of unproduced screenplays.
The untitled Nike film is set at Amazon Studios from Skydance Sports and Mandalay Pictures, and production has recently begun in Los Angeles.
Damon, whom Affleck is directing for the first time despite their long history of collaborating, in the movie plays maverick sneaker salesman and former Nike executive Sonny Vaccaro, while Affleck plays Nike co-founder Phil Knight. The story is about Nike’s long-shot effort to sign Michael Jordan to its shoe company in the mid-1980s. It was an endorsement that seemed impossible at the time but would become the most significant relationship between an athletic brand and an athlete ever, launching the global, multi billion-dollar sneaker industry.
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