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Viola Davis and Jason Bateman join Ben Affleck’s Nike biopic- Cinema express


Viola Davis and Jason Bateman join Ben Affleck's Nike biopic

Ben Affleck’s untitled Nike drama about Sonny Vaccaro has just gotten bigger. Major names like Viola Davis and Jason Bateman have joined the cast along with Chris Messina (Birds of Prey), Chris Tucker (Rush Hour), Marlon Wayans (Respect), Tom Papa (Behind the Candelabra), Matthew Maher (Our Flag Means Death), and Julius Tennon (The Simone Biles Story: Courage to Soar).

Davis and Tennon portray Deloris and James Jordan, the parents of Michael Jordan who are cited as being a major influence on Jordan’s Nike deal. Messina plays David Falk, Jordan’s original agent who also represented several additional prominent NBA players. While, Bateman dons the role of longtime Nike executive and Vaccaro’s superior Rob Strasser, who was also a vital part in landing the Jordan deal. 

The biopic will focus on sneaker salesman Sonny Vaccaro (Matt Damon) and his quest to sign Michael Jordan. Nike co-founder Phil Knight (Affleck) joins Vaccaro in his pursuit as he navigates through Jordan’s parents friends, former coaches, and other important people in Jordan’s life.

The biopic comes from Amazon Studios, Mandalay Pictures, and Skydance Sports. Affleck and Damon wrote the screenplay from the original script by Alex Convery. The duo is also producing with Affleck directing it. The biopic marks the third screenwriting collaboration between Affleck and Damon, following in the footsteps of Good Will Hunting and The Last Duel

Production of the film is currently underway. But there is no release date yet. 

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