Variety is reporting that Zachary Levi has signed up to star as NFL Hall of Famer Kurt Warner in the upcoming American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story biopic at Lionsgate.
The film, based on his interviews, as well as his memoir ‘All Things Possible: My Story of Faith, Football and the First Miracle Season’, chronicles the story of how Kurt Warner went from stocking shelves at a supermarket to become a two-time NFL MVP, Super Bowl MVP and Hall of Fame quarterback. Kurt Warner played in the NFL from 1994 to 2008 and is regarded as one of the top undrafted players in NFL history.
Zachary Levi released a statement saying:
Kurt’s story is one of relentless faith — in his own abilities but even more so in a higher power. When I read Kurt’s story, I identified with the quiet strength he found to persevere – that’s something I think anybody can recognise in their own lives. This is the kind of underdog story that sports movies are all about, and the fact that it’s true makes it even more special. I’m thrilled to be part of bringing his story to audiences.
The Erwin Brothers, Jon and Andrew, will be directing the film, with the screenplay written by David Aaron Cohen, Jon Gunn and Jon Erwin, with the Erwin Brothers also serving as producers under their Kingdom Story Company banner alongside Mark Ciardi and Kevin Downes. Kurt and Brenda Warner will serve as co-producers.
American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story is scheduled to commence production sometime this year.