EXCLUSIVE: We have simply realized that The Piano Best Oscar winner Anna Paquin has landed the lead in Kingdom Story Company and Lionsgate’s American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story reverse Zachary Levi.
The drama, which Lionsgate is releasing, chronicles the true story of Kurt Warner, who went from stocking cabinets at a grocery store to turn into a two-time NFL MVP, Super Bowl MVP, and Hall of Fame quarterback. Paquin will play Brenda Warner, Kurt’s spouse.
The function is written by David Aaron Cohen (Friday Night Lights), Jon Gunn (I Still Believe) & Jon Erwin (I Still Believe), and it is primarily based upon interviews with Warner in addition to Warner’s memoir, All Things Possible: My Story of Faith, Football and the First Miracle Season. Kurt Warner and Brenda Warner are co-producing.
American Underdog re-teams Levi with brothers Jon and Andrew Erwin, who’re directing the film. Levi lately starred within the Erwins’ faith-based film The Unbreakable Boy. They’ll be joined by Kevin Downes to supply by way of their Kingdom banner. The function additionally groups the Kingdom Story Company filmmakers with sports activities movie producer Mark Ciardi (The Rookie, Miracle, Secretariat, Million Dollar Arm, McFarland, USA).
Jim Miller and Chelsea Kujawa are overseeing the movie for Lionsgate. Phil Strina oversaw the negotiation on behalf of the studio.
Paquin’s casting comes within the wake of her signing with the Gersh Agency. Previously, the Canadian actress was at William Morris since she was 11-years old, when she took dwelling the Oscar for The Piano, turning into the second youngest to win a Best Supporting Actress at that age after Tatum O’Neal (10 years old, for Paper Moon)
Paquin’s most up-to-date work consists of roles in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, Showtime’s The Affair, HBO collection True Blood, Kenneth Lonergan’s Margaret, and a number of movies within the X-Men franchise because the mutant Rogue. This month, she’s going to star within the collection Flack for Amazon, which she additionally govt produces; the streamer will binge drop the show’s first six episodes, which initially aired on POP TV in 2019, and can premiere Season 2 later this yr. Paquin can be repped by Brillstein Entertainment and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern.