Are we really surprised that Tom Brady’s epic Super Bowl LI performance is being turned into a feature film? Of course not — the New England Patriots’ 34-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons was tailor-made for a classic Hollywood comeback flick.
What we’d like to know is who will be cast to portray Brady — star quarterback and, some argue, football’s G.O.A.T.
Deadline reports that a book and movie chronicling the Patriots’ win and centered on Brady, 39, is being written by Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson (both behind The Finest Hours and Patriots Day) with author Casey Sherman and journalist Dave Wedge. The site reports that Brady’s deflategate scandal will be covered as well as his triumphant return to win an unprecedented fifth Super Bowl ring.
So, who will take on the coveted and complicated role of No. 12 in the pending project? Well, we have some suggestions for the casting director!
The Good Will Hunting actor and Boston native is actually Brady’s pick to play himself. In May, the quarterback told Harper’s Bazaar that he’d like Damon to portray him on the big screen in any upcoming movies. “I’ve seen him throw a football though, he definitely needs to work on that!” Brady told the magazine.
Plus, Damon has technically already portrayed his pal Brady — on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The day after Super Bowl LI, he crashed the show dressed as the NFL star (helmet, black-eye and all!). When Kimmel asked why Brady was still sporting his game uniform, Damon quickly covered his tracks: “It’s my lucky helmet!” he said. “I’m not gonna take it off. Just so much success here. I’d rather just keep it on.”
Sadly, the actor says that the “ship has sailed.” But he would consider directing the film. “I’ll direct anything that’s good!” Damon told Access Hollywood. “I mean, his story is pretty compelling, but it’d be tough to beat the real thing.”
The Nashville and The O.C. actor looks so much like Brady, it’s almost scary. Both have signature sparkling eyes, full heads of hair and chiseled jaw-lines.
We weren’t sure if Pratt could play Brady … until we saw this photo of him in a Pats shirt. The two are close enough in age (Brady is 39, Pratt is 37), height (Brady is 6-foot-4, Pratt is 6-foot-2) and build. Only problem? Pratt is a huge Seattle Seahawks fan and rooted against the Patriots during Super Bowl XLIX.
The Swedish actor showed off some serious muscles in The Legend of Tarzan. In fact, he might even need to slim down to portray the NFL player!
Captain America to play Tom Terrific? Doesn’t get any better than that. Evans bears a striking resemblance to the actor. And he’s clearly got that signature Brady smolder down.
Eyes, eyes, eyes! Pine and Brady are both classically handsome (those baby blues!). Plus, Pine starred in The Finest Hours, for which Tamasy and Johnson wrote the screenplay.
Who would you choose to play the famous QB?