Jason Bateman and Viola Davis Join the Cast of Ben Affleck’s Nike Drama

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The sports marketing film will tell the story of Nike, the shoe manufacturing company

The sports marketing film will tell the story of Nike, the shoe manufacturing company

Actors Jason Bateman, Viola Davis, Chris Tucker, Marlon Wayans and Chris Messina are the latest additions to the cast of Ben Affleck’s untitled Nike drama.

Affleck will star in and direct the film for Amazon Studios, Skydance Sports and Mandalay Pictures.

According DeadlineMatthew Maher, Tom Papa and Julius Tennon round out the cast.

The sports marketing film will tell the story of Nike, the shoe manufacturing company.

Affleck will star as Nike co-founder Phil Knight in the story surrounding the company’s long-running effort to sign Michael Jordan in the mid-’80s, an endorsement that seemed impossible at the time but would become the most significant relationship between a sports brand and an athlete and launched the global multi-billion dollar contemporary sneaker industry.

The “Argo” director is reuniting with longtime friend and “Good Will Hunting” co-writer Matt Damon for the project. Damon will play Sonny Vaccaro, the legendary sneaker salesman who signed sneaker great Jordan to his first sneaker deal in the early days of Nike.

The film is based on Alex Convery’s original screenplay titled “Air Jordan”, which was named to the 2021 Blacklist of Best Unproduced Screenplays.

The project is currently filming in Los Angeles.

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