Vincent D'Onofrio and Rodrigo Santoro are in final negotiations to star in the inspirational drama biopic about legendary Brazilian soccer player "Pele" at Imagine Entertainment and Seine Pictures.
Diego Boneta, Colm Meaney and Seu Jorge have also joined the cast of the feature which Michael and Jeff Zimbalist penned and will direct.
The film follows Pele's rise from an impoverished youth to the 17 year old player who scored the winning goal in Brazil’s first ever World Cup victory in 1958. He soon inspired a country.
D'Onofrio plays the Brazilian team’s coach Feola, while Meaney is the Swedish team's coach Raynor. Santoro's role is unspecified.
Jorge will play Pelé’s father, while Boneta will play Pelé’s arch rival and the man responsible for giving him his nickname.
Kevin de Paula will play Pelé from age 13-17 and Leonardo Lima Carvalho who will play him at age 10.
Marianna Nunes, Milton Goncales, Rafael Henrique, Marcus Vinicius, Julio Levy, Thelmo Fernandes, Felipe Simas, Charles Myara, Jerome Franz, and Roger Haag are also onboard in supporting roles.
Crew includes cinematographer Matthew Libatique ("Black Swan"), production designer Dominic Watkins ("Snow White and the Huntsman"), editor Naomi Geraghty ("Hotel Rwanda"), and costume designer Ines Salgado ("City of God").
Brian Grazer, Ivan Orlic, Kim Roth, and Colin Wilson will produce. Filming began this week in Brazil.
Source: Seine Pictures