Jason Bateman, Viola Davis and Chris Tucker have been added to the cast of Ben Affleck’s upcoming fifth directorial effort.
The news about the performers was revealed by Deadline, who noted that the three would also be joined by Marlon Wayans, Chris Messina, Matthew Maher, Tom Papa and Julius Tennon.
The currently untitled project, in which the director will star alongside his longtime collaborator Matt Damon, entered production in Los Angeles earlier this week.
Signing on: Jason Bateman and Viola Davis have been added to the cast of Ben Affleck’s upcoming fifth directorial effort
Smart move: And Chris Tucker will also be in the movie; seen in 2019
The movie will be centered on the efforts of sneaker salesman Sonny Vaccaro and Nike co-founder Phil Knight to sign Michael Jordan to an endorsement deal in the mid-1980s.
The partnership between the basketball legend and the shoe company would later prove to be the catalyst for the brand’s eventual domination of the athleticwear market.
Vaccaro notably met with the athlete’s parents, coaches and colleagues during his search for the Chicago Bulls team member.
Deadline pointed out that Jordan himself would never be seen in the forthcoming movie.
Plotline: The movie will be centered on the efforts of sneaker salesman Sonny Vaccaro and Nike co-founder Phil Knight to sign Michael Jordan to an endorsement deal in the mid-1980s; Affleck is seen on set earlier this week
Affleck will portray Knight in the upcoming feature, and Damon is set to play Vaccaro.
In addition to starring in the movie, the close collaborators also touched up its initial script.
Bateman is set to play Nike executive Rob Strasser, who also assisted in the efforts to sign Jordan to an endorsement deal.
Davis and Tennon will portray Jordan’s parents Deloris and James, respectively.
Front and center: Davis is currently set to portray Jordan’s mother Deloris. The athlete’s mother was instrumental in guiding his early career path
Part of it: Tennon has been cast as Jordan’s father James. The athlete’s father helped influence his decision to sign with Nike
Major role: Tucker has signed on as junior Nike executive Howard White. The businessman also played basketball during his college years
Tucker has signed on as former college basketball player and junior Nike executive Howard White.
Wayans was cast as college basketball coach George Raveling, who was instrumental in introducing Jordan to Nike, and Messina will play his original agent, David Falk.
Maher is set to portray graphic designer Peter Moore, who created the layouts for the first Air Jordans, and Papa signed on to play Portland Trail Blazers executive Stu Inman.
Development on the feature began when Alex Convery penned a script entitled Air Jordan, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
On screen: Wayans was cast as college basketball coach George Raveling. The coach was instrumental in introducing Jordan to Nike
In the cast: Messina will play Jordan’s original agent, David Falk. He is considered to be one of the most influential agents in the history of the NBA
Heading to work: Maher is set to portray graphic designer Peter Moore. The designer created the layouts for the first Air Jordans
In charge: Papa signed on to play Portland Trail Blazers executive Stu Inman. The executive notably selected another player ahead of Jordan during the 1984 NBA Draft
The project later made it onto the 2021 Black List of the best unproduced screenplays.
Affleck and Damon, who will also serve as producers on the film, eventually picked up the script and began reworking it.
Physical production on the movie began earlier this week, with Burbank serving as an initial shooting location.
The currently-untitled feature’s prospective release date has not been revealed as of yet, although it is planned to be released on the Amazon Prime Video service.
Future feature: The currently-untitled feature’s prospective release date has not been revealed as of yet, although it is planned to be released on the Amazon Prime Video service; Damon was seen working on the movie earlier this week