Jessica Green Boards Ben Affleck Nike Pic; Latest ‘White Men Can’t Jump’ Casting – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Jessica Green (The Outpost) is the newest addition to the cast of Ben Affleck’s Nike drama for Amazon Studios, Skydance Sports and Mandalay Pictures, during which Affleck will star reverse his Good Will Hunting collaborator Matt Damon.

The untitled sports activities advertising and marketing pic has Damon enjoying maverick sneaker salesman and former Nike government Sonny Vaccaro, with Affleck as Nike co-founder Phil Knight, in a narrative about Nike’s long-shot effort to signal Michael Jordan to its shoe company within the mid-’80s. It was an endorsement that appeared inconceivable on the time, however would turn out to be essentially the most important relationship between an athletic model and an athlete ever, and launched the worldwide, multibillion-dollar up to date sneaker trade. Pic’s ensemble will even embody Jason Bateman, Viola Davis, Chris Tucker, Marlon Wayans, Matthew Maher, Chris Messina, Tom Papa, Julius Tennon, Joel Gretsch and Gustaf Skarsgård, as beforehand introduced.

Green will play Katrina Sainz, the diligent secretary to Damon’s Vaccaro.

Alex Convery wrote the unique script, titled Air Jordan, which was named to the 2021 Black List of the most effective unproduced screenplays. Mandalay introduced it to Skydance Sports President Jon Weinbach, who then secured Vaccarro’s life rights. Affleck and Damon did a subsequent go on the script and are producing alongside Peter Guber, Jason Michael Berman, Jeff Robinov, Madison Ainley and David Ellison. Executive producers embody Jon Weinbach, Jesse Sisgold, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, Kevin Halloran, Michael Joe, John Graham, Drew Vinton, Jordan Moldo and Peter E. Strauss.

Green is an Australian identified for starring roles in The CW’s fantasy-adventure sequence The Outpost and Netflix’s Ausse sequence Roman Empire, which had her portraying Cleopatra. The actress additionally recurred on Ash vs Evil Dead and can subsequent be seen in Jamie Lokoff’s indie Sparkle – A Unicorn Tale, slated for launch this fall. She is represented by APA and Corner Booth Entertainment.


Zak Steiner
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EXCLUSIVE: Zak Steiner (Euphoria) has signed on for a task in twentieth Century Studios’ reboot of White Men Can’t Jump. He joins an ensemble led by Jack Harlow, which additionally consists of Sinqua Walls, Lance Reddick, Teyana Taylor, Laura Harrier, Tamera ‘Tee’ Kissen, Myles Bullock and Vince Staples, as beforehand introduced.

The recently-wrapped movie will supply a brand new tackle Ron Shelton’s 1992 sports activities comedy, starring Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes and Rosie Perez, which noticed Black and white basketball hustlers be a part of forces to double their probabilities of successful money on the road courts and in a basketball event. Details as to the character Steiner is enjoying haven’t been disclosed.

White Men Can’t Jump celebrated its thirtieth anniversary on the 94th Academy Awards, with Harrelson, Snipes and Perez in attendance. The reboot is being helmed by veteran music video director Calmatic, who mounted the upcoming House Party remake for New Line. Kenya Barris wrote the script with Doug Hall and is producing by way of his Khalabo Ink Society banner. Blake Griffin, Ryan Kalil and Noah Weinstein are exec producing by means of their Mortal Media banner, alongside Doug Hall and E. Brian Dobbins.

Steiner is greatest identified for his position as Aaron Jacobs—the older brother of Jacob Elordi’s Nate—in HBO’s hit teen drama sequence, Euphoria. The actor performed Reece in Netflix’s rom-com The Perfect Date and has additionally appeared on sequence like Difficult People and Jessica Jones. He is repped by Innovative Artists and Luber Roklin Entertainment.

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