While Zachary Levi has been attached to play Kurt Warner in American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story, the true story adaptation has now found Kurt’s wife, with Anna Paquin signing on.
The 38-year-old actress has come aboard to play Paula Warner, the wife of the NFL Hall-of-Fame quarterback, according to Deadline.
The real Kurt and Paula Warner are co-producing the adaptation, based on Kurt’s memoir All Things Possible: My Story of Faith, Football and the First Miracle Season.
Warner was raised in Iowa and played football for the University of Northern Iowa, although he was not drafted by any NFL team upon graduation.
He was invited to try out for the Green Bay Packers in 1994, though he was released and ended up stocking shelves at a grocery store in Iowa.
Warner tried another route to the NFL, going through the Arena Football League, signing with the Iowa Barnstormers, leading them to two straight ArenaBowl title game appearances.
After his success in the Arena League, he signed with the St. Louis Rams, and after an injury to Trent Green, Warner was named the starting quarterback for the 1999 season, where he turned in one of the greatest performances by any quarterback in NFL history.
He lead team to a 13-3 record, throwing for 4,353 yards with 41 touchdown passes and a completion rate of 65.1%, leading an offense that would be dubbed, ‘The Greatest Show on Turf.’
Warner’s heroics didn’t stop there, leading his team to a Super Bowl win over the Tennessee Titans and was named both the Super Bowl MVP and the overall NFL MVP, a feat no player has accomplished since.
He ended up playing 10 more seasons in the NFL, ending his career with the Arizona Cardinals, before retiring in early 2010, the same year he was inducted into the Arena Football Hall of Fame.
The quarterback was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2017, becoming the only player in history to be enshrined in both Halls.
Since retiring he has served as a coach for various high school programs around Arizona.
Jon and Andrew Erwin are directing American Underdog, reuniting them with star Zachary Levi, who starred in Unbreakable Boy which the Levin’s produced.
The Erwins are working from a script by David Aaron Cohen (Friday Night Lights), Jon Gunn (Unbreakable Boy) and Jon Erwin, with Kevin Downes and sports movie specialist Mark Ciardi (The Rookie, Miracle, Secretariat) producing.
Paquin most recently starred in The Irishman, and her Pop TV series Flack will debut on Amazon later this month, with Season 2 debuting later this year.
Стало известного состояние госпитализированного с коронавирусом российского бойца смешанного стиля (MMA) Федора Емельяненко.
«Критических проблем нет. Чувствует себя хорошо», — приводит слова источника ТАСС.
21 января спортсмен был доставлен в клиническую больницу № 52, которая специализируется на лечении пациентов с коронавирусом.
В профессиональной карьере Емельяненко провел 46 боев. В его активе 39 побед и шесть поражений, еще один поединок признали несостоявшимся.
Ранее врачи рассказали о состоянии бывшего голкипера петербургского «Зенита» Вячеслава Малафеев, который был госпитализирован 19 января с коронавирусной инфекцией.
Глава Абсолютного бойцовского чемпионата порассуждал о будущем ирландца Конора Макгрегора, передает MMA Fighting.
«Когда-то Конор был голодным до побед. Он хотел денег и прочих вещей: костюмов, машин, домов. Теперь у него все есть. Либо он вновь проголодается, либо закончит», — сказал Уайт. 24 января ирландец проиграл во втором раунде американцу Дастину Порье.
Ранее Макгрегор поделился планами на будущее.
A referees' charity has called on the Football Association to enforce a rule that keeps players two metres away from officials on the pitch.
As football grapples with the Covid-19 crisis, players have already been warned not to celebrate in groups after scoring in order to minimise the risk of spreading the virus.
But referees don't seem to have been considered in any social distancing guidance with players continuing to crowd around them when awaiting or contesting a decision.
But charity RefsupportUK said: 'It would be brilliant if the FA also state that players should not intentionally be within 2 meters of a match official.
'There is no reason whatsoever for a player to be intentionally that close to a match official.'
That came in response to a letter sent to all top-flight clubs by Premier League chief executive Richard Master designed to 'stress the critical importance of adhering' to strict Covid protocols.
Masters reminded clubs that 'handshakes, high fives and hugs must be avoided.'
However, that didn't stop Sheffield United players celebrating together in a group after scoring in their win over Newcastle United on Tuesday night.
Fulham also celebrated their equalising goal against Tottenham on Wednesday night by hugging and High-fiving, one of many examples of normal goal celebrations continuing despite the restrictions.
On Wednesday, minister for sport Nigel Huddleston said: 'Everyone in the country has had to change the way they interact with people and ways of working. Footballers are no exception.
'Covid secure guidelines exist for football. Footballers must follow them and football authorities enforce them - strictly.'
The FA Cup third round weekend saw football at the eye of a storm of criticism after Chorley, Crawley Town and others celebrated their cup wins with parties in cramped dressing rooms.
While Premier League chiefs expect the message about goal celebrations to filter through to players in the weeks ahead, there remains no hard and fast rules to protect officials.
In Wednesday night's Manchester City versus Brighton game, referee Darren England was followed by Brighton goalkeeper Robert Sanchez and defender Adam Webster as they protested a decision.
And there were several moments in Tuesday's Burnley versus Manchester United game when official Kevin Friend was pursued by annoyed players.