Monday, August 1, 2022

Matthew McConaughey to Star in Soccer Drama Film from Director Kari Skoglund

Matthew Mcconaughey Picture

Matthew McConaughey has signed on to star in the upcoming fact-based sports drama "Dallas Sting" which is being developed by Skydance and Berlanti Schechter Productions. The film will be directed by TV helmer Kari Skoglund ("The Falcon and the Winter Soldier", "The Handmaid's Tale") from a script by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch ("GLOW")

"Dallas Sting" is inspired by the true story of a group of Dallas high school girls who went to China in 1984 to compete as the ultimate underdogs against some of the best women's soccer teams from China, Australia and Italy. In 1984, China invited America's U.S. Soccer team to the first world championship, which was a big step for international relations, however, the US didn't have a women's soccer team, and so it was decided to enlist a group of Dallas high school girls through a nationwide search.

McConaughey stars as Bill Kinder, the coach who leads the group of teens, despite having had no prior experience coaching soccer before. The film's title refers to the team's name, The Sting, which was inspired by the 1973 film of the same name starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman.

Skydance's David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger are producing with Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Robbie Rogers. Michael McGrath is executive producing. The film's rights were acquired in an auction for an unpublished article by Flinder Boyd. Production for the film is expected to begin some time later this year in New Orleans. No release date has been set.


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