Robert De Niro playing Vince Lombardi
ESPN Films is putting together an All-Star team for their film LOMBARDI, about the famous football coach Vince Lombardi. Oscar winning screenwriter Eric Roth has been hired to write the script. And Variety is reporting that Robert De Niro has signed on to play to Vince Lombardi.
ESPN Films is no doubt ecstatic about this casting. De Niro is a great and respected actor, and on an amusing note won the Best Actor in a Leading Role for playing another sports figure as boxer Jake La Motta in RAGING BULL. De Niro is also co-producing LOMBARDI
Roth has been nominated for his writing four times by the Academy, earning nominations for THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON, THE INSIDER, MUNICH, and winning the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for FORREST GUMP.
The description that Variety provides for LOMBARDI is not surprising, "[LOMBARDI] will chronicle the coach's career during the years he transformed the Green Bay Packers from the worst team in the NFL into five-time champs."
Having a legendary actor playing a legendary coach sounds good, I mean great. The project currently does not have anyone assigned to the director's chair, but Roth and De Niro are two very appealing names for a director, and given who has come aboard so far you would think ESPN Films would be looking at another highly regarded, big name for it's director.