Gerard Butler Joins True Story Soccer Drama Dynamo
Gerard Butler seems to be on a bit of a "true story" kick recently. Last year he stared as Sam Childres in Marc Forster's Machine Gun Preacher, you can currently see him in the Curtis Hanson-directed surfing biopic Chasing Mavericks, and now the Scottish star is ready to present the story of a Ukrainian soccer team rising up during World War II.
Deadline says that Butler has been officially signed to play a lead role in Dynamo, an adaptation of the book Dynamo: Defending The Honour Of Kiev by Andy Dougan. The story is about a legendary game played between the occupied Ukranian soccer and their Nazi captors. The game was set up to try and put down anti-Nazi resistance in Kiev and the Germans brought in a "super team" to show their strength. The game, dubbed "The Death Match" ended up having the opposite effect as it actually inspired the people of the city to fight. Butler will be playing Nikolai Trusevich, the Ukranian team all-star goalie and team captain. Eli Richbourg, who has been a producer on Joel Schumacher projects like The Phantom of the Opera, The Number 23, Phone Booth and Bad Company, wrote the script.
Butler has an incredibly busy upcoming schedule, so it's hard to say when Dynamo will actually get going. He will next star in the soccer comedy Playing For Keeps (out this December) and has the Peter Farrelly-produced omnibus comedy Movie 43 coming out in January. He recently wrapped production on Olympus Has Fallen and How To Train Your Dragon 2 is currently in the works.
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