Jake Gyllenhaal To Play Joe Namath?

By Doug Norrie 2010-04-14 17:52:25discussion comments
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NOTE: This information originated in a Los Angeles Times story in which they reported Mangold's attachment but specifically said that Gyllenhaal wasn't necessarily on board. You can read more about it here.

Jake Gyllenhaal has escaped catastrophic climate change, fought in the first Iraq war, lived in a bubble and even herded some sheep with his, um friend. Now he might get a chance to play an NFL quarterback. According to Total Film, Gyllenhaal may be moving forward with a long discussed biopic about “Broadway” Joe Namath. James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma, Walk the Line) has expressed interest in picking up the film.

Mangold, is set to release the Tom Cruise led, secret agent comedy Knight and Day in late June. Meanwhile, Gyllenhaal, starring in this summer’s Prince of Persia, is currently filming Source Code, a sci-fi thriller about government military experimentation. Neither Mangold nor Gyllenhaal has anything in the works after these two projects.

Around New York, (especially in the over-50, New York Jets fan sub group) Joe Namath is something of a living legend, a once long haired god among men. He’s most famous for his guaranteed victory over the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. The Jets went on to win the game and Namath’s legacy was cemented in The Big Apple.
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