Colm Meaney, Vincent D'Onofrio and Rodrigo Santoro join Pele biopic
Story by Jack Foley
COLM Meaney, Vincent D’Onofrio and Rodrigo Santoro have joined the cast of the Pele biopic.
Billed as an origins story, Pele will chronicle the Brazilian footballing legend’s rise from the slums of Sao Paulo to become the people’s hero after he led Brazil to its first-ever World Cup victory in 1958 at the age of just 17.
The film is being written and directed by Michael and Jeff Zimbalist.
The iconic role of Pele is being played by two actors. Kevin de Paula will tackle him from ages of 13 through to 17 while Leonardo Lima Carvalho will play him at age 10.
Meaney will play the role of coach George Raynor, the British coach of the Swedish nation team that lost to Brazil in the ’58 World Cup final, while D’Onofrio is in final negotiations to play the Brazilian team’s World Cup coach Feola.
Other recent cast additions include Diego Boneta, who will play Jose, Pele’s arch rival, and the man who was responsible for giving him the nickname “Pele” when they were children, and Seu Jorge, who is playing Pele’s father, Dondinho.
It is not yet known what role Santoro will take.
Production on the movie began this week in Brazil.
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