EXCLUSIVE: Joel Gretsch (All stand up) and Gustaf Skarsgard (Oppenheimer) are the latest additions to Ben Affleck’s Nike movie cast for Amazon Studios, Skydance Sports and Mandalay Pictures. They join a star-studded ensemble led by Matt Damon and Affleck in the as-yet-untitled sports marketing pic, which will eventually stream on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories around the world.
The drama has Damon playing maverick sneaker salesman and former Nike executive Sonny Vaccaro, with Affleck as Nike co-founder Phil Knight, in a story about Nike’s long-running effort to sign Michael Jordan into its footwear company in the mid-1980s. It was an endorsement that seemed impossible at the time, but would become the most significant relationship between an athletic brand and an athlete, and launched the global contemporary sneaker industry of several billion dollars. The Pic set will also include Jason Bateman as Rob Strasser, Viola Davis as Deloris Jordan, Chris Tucker as Howard White, Marlon Wayans as George Raveling, Matthew Maher as Peter Moore, Chris Messina as David Falk, Tom Papa as Stu Inman and Julius tenon. like James Jordan.
Gretsch will play former Converse CEO John O’Neil, with Skarsgård as Adidas founder Horst Dassler.
Alex Convery wrote the original screenplay, titled air jordan, which was named to the 2021 Blacklist of Best Unproduced Screenplays. Mandalay brought it to Skydance Sports president Jon Weinbach, who then secured the lifetime rights to Vaccarro. Affleck and Damon did a later pass on the script and produce alongside Peter Guber, Jason Michael Berman, Jeff Robinov, Madison Ainley and David Ellison. Executive producers include Jon Weinbach, Jesse Sisgold, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, Kevin Halloran, Michael Joe, John Graham, Drew Vinton, Jordan Moldo and Peter E. Strauss.
Gretsch can be seen recurring on the CBS series All stand up and previously the USA series The 4400. He also starred alongside Amy Poehler, Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis in Matthew Weiner’s feature debut. Are you herewhich premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.
Skarsgård is known for his roles in series such as vikings, Damn and Westworldand in movies like Kon-Tiki and The way back. We’ll soon see the actor in Christopher Nolan’s drama Oppenheimer for Universal and in Ran Huang’s crime drama What’s leftwith Andrea Riseborough, Stellan Skarsgård and many more.
Gretsch is represented by Buchwald and Atlas Artists; Skarsgård by Mgmt Entertainment, Gersh and Agentfirman in his native Sweden.