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The Kurt Warner Story ‘opposite Zachary Levi – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: We have just learned that The piano Best Oscar winner Anna Paquin landed as head of Kingdom Story Company and Lionsgate’s American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story opposite Zachary Levi.

The drama, which Lionsgate is releasing, tells the true story of Kurt Warner, who rose from supermarket storage shelves to two-time NFL MVP, Super Bowl MVP, and Hall of Fame quarterback. Paquin will play Brenda Warner, Kurt’s wife.

The feature film is written by David Aaron Cohen (Friday night lights), Jon Gunn (I still believe) And Jon Erwin (I still believe), and it is based on interviews with Warner as well as Warner’s memoir, All Things Possible: My Story of Faith, Football and the First Season of Miracles. Kurt Warner and Brenda Warner co-produce.

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American Underdog re-associates Levi with brothers Jon and Andrew Erwin, who direct the film. Levi recently starred in the Erwins’ religious film The unbreakable boy. They will be joined by Kevin Downes to produce through their Kingdom banner. The feature film also teams up between filmmakers from the Kingdom Story Company and sports film producer Mark Ciardi (The Rookie, Miracle, Secretariat, Million Dollar Arm, McFarland, United States).

Jim Miller and Chelsea Kujawa are overseeing the film for Lionsgate. Phil Strina oversaw the negotiation on behalf of the studio.

The casting of Paquin follows his signature with the Gersh agency. Previously, the Canadian actress had been with William Morris since the age of 11, when she won the Oscar for The piano, becoming the second youngest to win a Best Supporting Actress at this age after Tatum O’Neal (10, for Moon paper)

Paquin’s most recent work includes roles in Martin Scorsese Irish, Showtime’s The case, HBO Series Real blood, Kenneth Lonergan’s Margaret, and several films in the X Men franchise as a mutant Rogue. This month she will star in the series Flack for Amazon, which it also produces at the direction; The streamer will drop the show’s first six episodes, which originally aired on POP TV in 2019, and air Season 2 later this year. Paquin is also replaced by Brillstein Entertainment and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern.

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