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Escape To Victory star gets a biopic

10 May 2013  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  |  Source: Imagine Entertainment / Seine Pictures

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If Goal didn't do it for you and you're still wrapping your head around the intricacies of Bend It Like Beckham, news of a Pelé movie will be like balm to your troubled, football-loving soul.

Edison Arantes do Nascimento, the Brazilian superstar and arguably the greatest player to ever kick a goal, is getting the full biopic treatment in a movie that tracks his life from a poor upbringing in São Paulo to fame and glory as a 17 year-old superstar at the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.

No doubt there'll also be plenty on his years in a Allied POW camp and his heroic performance against a Wehrmacht XI in Paris. Wait, that's Escape To Victory. Scratch that.

The so-far untitled Pelé movie has a heavyweight production team, with Brian Grazer, veteran of truth-life stories like Rush, Frost/Nixon and J. Edgar, and Ivan Orlic, Kim Roth and Dany Wolf overseeing things. If you're in Cannes and have some spare cash, Exclusive Media International will be touting the project out to potential distributors.

Shooting is scheduled to commence this August with The Two Escobars' team Michael and Jeff Zimbalist writing and directing.


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